Bad and Getting Worse: Retailer Worries Spiral As Comp Sales Stumble

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Holiday comparable-store sales weren't quite as bad as expected, but unfortunately they confirmed one thing: Retailers are going to face a really bumpy road this year.

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Slowing U.S. Economy Weighs On World Bank 2008 Forecast

Global economic growth is forecast to slow this year to 3.3 percent, down from last year’s 3.6 percent…

clock January 11, 2008John Zarocostas

A ruffled one-piece from Loeffler Randall's debut swim line.


Loeffler Randall Adds Swimwear

Loeffler Randall is dipping its toes into swimwear.

clock January 11, 2008Whitney Beckett

RESTORE's yoga and spa wear uses organic fabrics.


RESTORE’s Organic Mission

For the last 13 years, husband-and-wife team Anthony and Celeste Lilore have owned a business called NoChairs…

clock January 11, 2008Whitney Beckett

Human Resources

Management Moves at Montres Corum

Montres Corum Sarl, the luxury Swiss timepiece company, on Wednesday unveiled a reorganization…

clock January 11, 2008Robert Murphy

Terry Lundgren and Kenneth Cole

Fashion Features

Cole, Bakers Honored at AMY Awards

“Proceeds from tonight’s event will go to Macy’s markdown collection,” joked Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and ceo of Macy’s…

clock January 11, 2008Whitney Beckett

Fashion Industry Gallery is eyeing a new, larger space.

Real Estate

Dallas’ FIG Eyeing Expansion

Fashion Industry Gallery, the wholesale fashion mart here that focuses on contemporary, denim and accessories, is eyeing new space…

clock January 11, 2008Rusty Williamson

Victoria Beckham in the Marc Jacobs ad campaign.


Memo Pad: Outside the Box… Is She Gone?… Martha Keeps Redecorating…

Few campaigns have been as anticipated this season as Marc Jacobs’ starring Victoria Beckham.

clock January 11, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg and Marc Karimzadeh and Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks and Nick Axelrod

Neiman Marcus reported a comps increase of 2.9 percent.


Bad and Getting Worse: Retailer Worries Spiral As Comp Sales Stumble

Holiday comparable-store sales weren’t quite as bad as expected, but unfortunately they confirmed one thing: Retailers are going to face a really bumpy road.

clock January 11, 2008Liza Casabona


Another Volatile Day for Retail Shares

After a volatile day of trading triggered by lackluster same-store sales results and talks of lowered interest rates, retail shares…

clock January 11, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Ready To Wear

Jackets, Separates Key At Nouveau Collection

Sweetness permeated spring-summer at the Nouveau Collection show in the form of sherbet-hued dresses, jackets and separates.

clock January 11, 2008Rachel Strugatz

Human Resources

Jil Sander Names Retail Director

To continue to develop the brand’s international retail network, Jil Sander has appointed Lorenza Cavalli as worldwide retail director.

clock January 11, 2008Alessandra Ilari

Senada Theory's silk-tiered dress with ribbon halters.

Ready To Wear

Light Fabrics, Bright Colors Head D&A

Contemporary vendors at the Designers & Agents show, which ended its three-day run at the Starrett Lehigh Building…

clock January 11, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Kim Vo hair care items.


Kim Vo Hair Care to Launch at Barneys

Colorist Kim Vo reached back to his roots – his Vietnamese roots, not his blonde ones – to develop his new namesake hair care line.

clock January 11, 2008Rachel Brown

Beauty Features

Snippets: China Beauty… L’Oreal Media… Whitening Up…

Skin care is driving the prestige beauty market in China, which rang up nearly 5 million yuan…

clock January 11, 2008WWD Staff

Yon-Ka for Men items.

Skin Care

Yon-Ka Targeting Male Spa-goers

Yon-Ka, the professional skin care line originally launched in France, is going after guys.

clock January 11, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Nic's Sticks entered Wal-Mart last month


OPI Revives Nicole for Entry Into Retail Channel

An almost forgotten brand is making its way into mass stores, more than a decade after it was conceived for salons.

clock January 11, 2008Andrea Nagel

Deborah's Nail Space.


Wal-Mart Makes Space for Italian Nail Brand

Deborah, the 107-year-old Italian beauty firm, is ready to take on the American market.

clock January 11, 2008Stephanie Epiro

St. Ives' new face care line, Elements.

Skin Care

St. Ives Aims to Take Face Scrub Business to Next Level

St. Ives is offering consumers more customizable skin care solutions with the launch of St. Ives Elements, a new range of face care products.

clock January 11, 2008Michelle Edgar

A Bratz gift set from Markwins.


Mass Retailers Report Ho-Hum Holiday

Mass market beauty retailers caught a glimmer of green during the holiday season..

clock January 11, 2008Molly Prior and Faye Brookman

A visual for Ralph Wild.


Untamed Heart

Ralph Lauren is letting loose with his latest teen scent under the Ralph franchise: Ralph Wild.

clock January 11, 2008Michelle Edgar

Oxbow's women's and men's scents.


Surf’s Up for Oxbow Masterbrand

Oxbow is testing the water in the fragrance category.

clock January 11, 2008Ellen Groves

Philip Shearer

Human Resources

Shearer Said Heading to Clarins

It looks likely Philip Shearer is heading to Groupe Clarins.

clock January 11, 2008WWD Staff

The Melange Apothecary blending area.


Melange Looks to Give Scent More Juice

Just call Denise Estrada the mix master.

clock January 11, 2008Julie Naughton

The new Sonya Dakar Body line.

Body Care

Sonya Dakar’s Body of Work

Sonya Dakar hopes to put a new face on body products by using facial-grade ingredients…

clock January 11, 2008Julie Naughton

The 8 88 fragrance.


A Gold Rush for Comme des Garcons

Comme des Garcons thinks it has struck gold – liquid gold, that is.

clock January 11, 2008Brid Costello

Giorgio Armani's Skin Minerals for Men.

Skin Care

Armani Set to Launch Skin Care Line for Men

Giorgio Armani is out to give men the white-glove treatment.

clock January 11, 2008Jennifer Weil

The Shops at North Bridge

Real Estate

Macerich Enters Chicago With Latest Deal

Macerich, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based developer, and the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. have acquired The Shops…

clock January 11, 2008David Moin

Burberry recently held trunk shows for limited edition versions of luxury bags.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Hot Topic… Wild Boys… Moneybags…

Madonna is no stranger to controversy, but the latest claims go right to the heart of her humanitarian efforts…

clock January 11, 2008WWD Staff


A&F’s New Concept Inspired by Sydney

Abercrombie & Fitch is attempting to cash in on a booming lingerie market with its fifth concept, Gilly Hicks.

clock January 11, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Kellwood Co. ceo Robert C. Skinner Jr.


Sun Capital Critical of Kellwood Bond Move

Private equity firm Sun Capital Securities Group urged the board of Kellwood Co. on Thursday…

clock January 11, 2008Vicki M. Young

Human Resources

In Brief: New Advanstar Executive… Art of Glass…

Advanstar Communications Inc. named Chris DeMoulin, a former executive in Walt Disney Co., as executive vice president…

clock January 11, 2008WWD Staff


December Same-Store Sales

December Same-Store Sales

clock January 11, 2008WWD Staff


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