- PARLUX NARROWS LOSS: Parlux Fragrances Inc. cut its first-quarter loss to $97,628 from $14.1 million in the same period a year ago. Sales for the quarter ended June 30 rose by 11.1 percent to $31.4 million from $28.3 million a year ago. The firm experienced a $77,443 loss from discontinued operations related to the Perry Ellis fragrance brand — which it sold late last year — compared to $5 million in earnings the year before. "A significant part of [our] strategic plan has been initiated through the signing of worldwide fragrance license agreements with Jessica Simpson and, most recently, with Nicole Miller," chairman and chief executive officer Neil Katz said in a statement. "We have moved aggressively to build our core business in prestige distribution, and have positioned ourselves for strong profitable growth."

- CAROLEE'S SAN JUAN REDUX: Fashion jewelry company Carolee said it will reopen its outpost in Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 31. The 1,030-square-foot space is the site of a previous Carolee store that was in operation from May 2002 through August 2006. The new store will present the brand's high-end line of bridal jewelry, fashion jewelry, sterling silver and fresh-water cultured pearls. Joel Fivis, president of Carolee, said reopening Plaza Las Americas was important because it "was one our most successful retail venues and had developed a loyal clientele."

- ASTOR SERVICES: The funeral for Brooke Astor will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Church on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan. The choice of the space stirred speculation it was going to be a very large affair. Astor died Monday afternoon of pneumonia at age 105.

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