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Starbucks' Schultz Sees Sweeping Retail Consolidation

As U.S. retailing consolidates, Starbucks sees adding 12,000 stores worldwide through 2021.

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Business

Jewelry Brand Kendra Scott Puts Stake on the Block

The Austin, Tex.-based jeweler could be valued at $1 billion or higher in the Jefferies-run process.

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Business

Hear J. Crew's Mickey Drexler Getting Succession-Minded

J. Crew Group is working to improve its business and moving to create a succession plan.

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A Sunny Spring Ahead: Retailers’ Outlook Rosy After Solid Dec. Comps

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Overview

Despite several factors that could work against retailers, such as harder sales comparisons and a lack of concret spring fashion "must-haves," experts say retailers generally are working off a strong springboard for sales in the new year.

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Fashion Features

A Sunny Spring Ahead: Retailers’ Outlook Rosy After Solid Dec. Comps

Specialty stores were the stars of the Christmas retail season and the momentum is poised to continue for spring.

clock January 7, 2005David Moin and Meredith Derby

Claire Stansfield and Cheyann Benedict

Retail

Claiborne Acquires C & C California

Liz Claiborne Inc. has added another brand to its growing portfolio, acquiring C & C California Inc. for an initial price of $28 million.

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Textiles

U.S. Officials to Attend China Trade Confab

WASHINGTON — Two top Commerce Department officials are headed to China next week for a series of meetings on the textile trade and intellectual property rights violations.

According to a Commerce spokeswoman, Grant Aldonas, undersecretary…

clock January 7, 2005Kristi Ellis

James Zimmerman

Fashion Features

Quote of the Week

“This is not a guy who would twist things.’’

Marvin Traub, on the James Zimmerman indictment.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Hutton to Hilfiger … Briefly Speaking

HUTTON TO HILFIGER: Rodney Hutton has joined Tommy Hilfiger Corp. as senior vice president, general merchandise manager. He will manage the newly acquired Karl Lagerfeld businesses. Most recently he was with Giorgio Armani and Emporio…

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Martina Borgomanero

People

Suzy

Queen Elizabeth II’s footman makes a royal blunder…Madonna and Guy Ritchie renew their vows…Diamonds are David Beckham’s best friend.

clock January 7, 2005Aileen Mehle

Retail

Wal-Mart Meets Resistance Over Expansion in New York

NEW YORK — There appears to be no shortage of New Yorkers with negative opinions about Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Opponents of the world’s biggest retailer, which has proposed building in the Rego Park section of Queens, said during a…

clock January 7, 2005Amy S. Choi

One man was killed and one wounded during a gunpoint robbery at 13-15 West 27th Street.

Fashion Features

Shooting Seen Tied to Counterfeiting

Police were still searching Thursday for the man they believe shot two workers in a Midtown wholesale store Wednesday, killing one.

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Fashion Features

Seventh on Sixth Dives Into Fla. Swim Scene

NEW YORK — Bikinis and maillots are about to get the royal treatment, Bryant Park style.

For the first time, 7th on Sixth, a division of IMG, and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, is pulling together four days of swimwear…

clock January 7, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Financial

A&G Group Sales Increase 75%

LONDON — A&G Group, parent of luxury brands Asprey and Garrard, is keeping up its sales momentum with a 75 percent rise to $41 million in the nine months from April to December 2004, according to Gianluca Brozzetti, chief executive of the…

clock January 7, 2005Samantha Conti

Armani Exchange’s “Lend a Hand” T-shirt.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Waterworld … Bottoms Up … Just A Temp …

WATERWORLD: For Hermès, a river runs through it — and how. Next month, the French fashion house is flying more than 100 journalists to Assouan, Egypt, to announce on the banks of the Nile its — ahem — running…

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Beauty Features

Star Power Saves Christmas

Red-hot celebrity scents and all-time classics helped prestige fragrance makers tally sales that were flat to slightly up in December.

clock January 7, 2005Julie Naughton and Matthew W. Evans

A visual for I Love Love.

Beauty Features

EuroItalia’s New Love: Moschino Cheap and Chic

I Love Love, Moschino’s newest scent, will be introduced in the U.S. in February in an exclusive arrangement with Saks Fifth Avenue.

clock January 7, 2005Matthew W. Evans

On Drugstore.com, Philosophy bath gel served as a gift with purchase; on QVC the brand’s food-based items were bestsellers.

Beauty Features

Value Deals Drive Holiday Sales

Value-priced items and gift sets imported from China gave a modest boost to beauty sales at mass retailers.

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Rick Sheppard, marketing director at Procter & Gamble; Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Miramax; Leonardo DiCaprio, and Annabelle Manwaring, global creative director at Leo Burnett.

Beauty Features

P&G Takes Off With ‘Aviator’

NEW YORK — To celebrate its ties to the Miramax film “The Aviator,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Max Factor sponsored the movie’s L.A. premiere held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater Dec. 1. The Procter & Gamble beauty…

clock January 7, 2005Molly Prior

Nivea’s new lineup includes Nivea Body Reshaping Treatment, Nivea Visage Multiple Results Night Serum Concentrate and Nivea Visage Multiple Results Day Crème with SPF 15.

Beauty Features

Creatine Fortifies Nivea Line

NEW YORK — One year after unveiling its tag line, “Inspired by the Way Skin Works,” Nivea will introduce three new benefit-laden skin care products — two of which seek to sway consumers toward a new ingredient, creatine, and a…

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Rob Robillard

Beauty Features

Snippets: New Wrap … Glam Do-Gooders … Executive Move …

NEW WRAP: As part of Coty Beauty’s ongoing effort to revive the specialty bath category, the company has retooled Calgon’s packaging, taking pains to emphasize benefit claims and its ubiquitous tag line “Take Me…

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Anthony Sport for Men’s Lightweight Face Lotion.

Beauty Features

Men’s Corner: May, Anthony Logistics Get Sporty

NEW YORK — May Department Stores Co. will further differentiate its men’s grooming assortment via an exclusive branding deal with Anthony Logistics for Men.

The retailer has teamed with the fifth largest men’s department store…

clock January 7, 2005Matthew W. Evans

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Beauty Features

Seeking to Solve Salon Riddle

NEW YORK — The professional beauty market is just plain misunderstood. At least that’s the judgment of the man who has ambitions of transforming the industry in a fundamental way.

“We’re seeing a world that is completely…

clock January 7, 2005Molly Prior

Spot the difference? The old and new (foreground) hamburger buns in the Condé Nast cafeteria.

Media

Memo Pad: Hot Crossed Buns … Ready for Primetime … Capitalism, Italian Style …

HOT CROSSED BUNS: New Year’s resolutions often include voluntary changes in dietary habits, but come Monday, Condé Nast employees at 4 Times Square will be subject to some involuntary ones. A slew of changes are afoot in…

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Fashion Features

Publishers Aid Tsunami Relief Efforts

NEW YORK — Media companies are donating money to victims of last week’s tsunami in Asia. A number of major publishers are providing financial support to relief efforts and are encouraging their employees to do the same through matching…

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Sarah Jewler

Fashion Features

Obituary: Sarah Jewler

Sarah Jewler, 56, managing editor of New York magazine, died Thursday of complications from leukemia.

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