No Fireworks in July: Dow Falls as Stores Report Weak Comps

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Puma AG Net Profits Rise in Second Quarter

Activewear firm beats expectations; says orders are up 8.6 percent.

clock August 7, 2008Damien McGuinness

Chico?s lowered quarterly guidance after an 18.5 percent comp drop in July.


July Sales Tough for Retailers

Wal-Mart falls below analysts’ expectations, issues cautious August forecast.

clock August 7, 2008Alexandra Steigrad


Warnaco Profits Rise 41 Percent

The Warnaco Group Inc. saw earnings climb 41 percent in the second quarter, driven by international growth in its Calvin Klein business.

clock August 7, 2008Whitney Beckett

Sean John's I Am King ad.

Marketing and Promotion

Combs Crowns New Men’s Scent

By dubbing it I Am King, Sean Combs leaves no doubt as to his expectations for his latest men’s fragrance.

clock August 8, 2008Julie Naughton

F?erie by Van Cleef & Arpels


Van Cleef & Arpels Evokes Luxe

Van Cleef & Arpels and its fragrance license holder, Inter Parfums, have dreamed up a new women’s scent meant to be close to its roots in high-end jewelry.

clock August 8, 2008Jennifer Weil

Lalique White


Lalique’s White Knight: Men’s Fragrance on Tap

Lalique is introducing a fresh men’s scent, called Lalique White, into its portfolio this fall.

clock August 8, 2008Jennifer Weil


Aveda Promotes 3, Acquires Distributor

Hair care firm names general sales manager for North America and buys its distributor in Australasia.

clock August 8, 2008Julie Naughton

Kerastase Noctogenist Voile Nut


Salon Makers Target Various Hair Needs

The professional hair care world is gearing up for a slew of new launches to excite consumers during the last half of the year.

clock August 8, 2008Andrea Nagel


Retail Ventures Won’t Extend Wilansky’s Contract

Retail Ventures Inc. will not renew the employment contract of Heywood Wilansky, president and chief executive officer, which expires Jan. 31, 2009.

clock August 8, 2008David Moin


Canadian Judge Sets Record Award to LVMH

Case hinged on repeated sales of counterfeit luxury merchandise.

clock August 8, 2008Matthew Lynch


Kenzo Opens New Paris Unit

Store is brand’s largest in the French capital.

clock August 8, 2008WWD Staff

Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture  at a New York screening of "Elegy."


Image of the Week

Penelope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture at a New York screening of “Elegy.”

clock August 8, 2008WWD Staff

Paris Hilton in the spoof video.


Paris Hilton Takes Copenhagen

Hilton launches handbag line at Fashion Fair.

clock August 8, 2008Ellen Groves

In Style June 2008

Marketing and Promotion

Magazine Circulation Falls in Half

Newsstand sales drop.

clock August 8, 2008Irin Carmon and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks


Sally Beauty Doubles Profit

Revenues and same-store sales rise as firm trims interest expenses.

clock August 8, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Ardell Magic Lash Grow

Color Cosmetics

ECRM Works to Chase Away Rain Clouds

The grim economy and pounding rains put a damper on retailers’ spirits at the Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing Cosmetics and Skincare Meeting but also .

clock August 8, 2008Faye Brookman

Ajune Spa

Beauty Features

Ajune’s Medical-Service Jump Is on Trend

Ajune Spa LLC is finding that its clients are pushing the firm toward a more medical positioning by demanding more medical type treatments.

clock August 8, 2008Andrea Nagel

Inside the nail polish lab at Coty Inc.?s R&D facility.

Color Cosmetics

Coty’s R&D Widens Scope

Coty Inc.’s research and development facility here is a brick-and-mortar reminder of the firm’s hyper growth.

clock August 8, 2008Molly Prior

Fr?d?ric Fekkai


Q&A: Frederic Fekkai

WWD sat down with Frederic Fekkai to talk about his company’s hair products.

clock August 8, 2008Molly Prior

Ralph Lauren


Polo Stresses Continuity

Annual meeting held in New York.

clock August 8, 2008Vicki M. Young and Marc Karimzadeh


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