Good News, Bad News: Retail Shares Shoot Up Amid Consumer Gloom

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On the day the government reported consumer confidence hit an all-time low, retail shares were driven up a record-shattering 13.6 percent.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

From This Issue

Barbara and Nancy Davis with the Jonas Brothers.


Celebrities Hop on Carousel of Hope

Even in a recession, Hollywood knows how to keep giving.

clock October 27, 2008WWD Staff


Lauder Profits Leap, Cost Cuts Planned

First-quarter profits surge 30.7% on 11.3% sales gain, but outlook pared.

clock October 28, 2008Molly Prior

Government and Trade

Consumer Confidence Hits All-Time Low

Conference Board index drops 23.4 points to 38.

clock October 28, 2008Vicki M. Young


Retail Shares Surge Record 13.6 Percent

Investors dared to be optimistic Tuesday, pushing up battered retail stocks and setting a high.

clock October 28, 2008Evan Clark

Amy B. in Los Gatos, Calif.


Retailers Grow Anxious in Silicon Valley

Troubled economy begins to have impact in affluent technology hub.

clock October 29, 2008Joanna Ramey

Multicolored diamond flower bracelet, $400,000.

Designer and Luxury

Neil Lane Opens New Store

Hollywood jeweler expands and seeks to broaden base.

clock October 29, 2008Rachel Brown

Tommy Hilfiger’s exclusive Macy’s line.


More Players Vie for Shrinking Better Space

Economy may pummel weakest lines.

clock October 29, 2008Whitney Beckett

Faith Popcorn


Q&A: Faith Popcorn

As a “futurist,” Faith Popcorn rarely looks back.

clock October 29, 2008Valerie Seckler

J Crew wool jacket, cotton chambray shirt and silk, cotton and metal jacquard shorts, worn with a glass bead necklace with an enamel flower.

Fashion Trends

Spring Fashion Looks: Miss Match

Springtime at J. Crew was all about contrasts and closet-raiding.

clock October 29, 2008WWD Staff

Mark Parker, Nike Inc.

Marketing and Promotion

Nike Unveils Environmental Agenda

Nike Inc. unveiled an environmental agenda on Tuesday that is intended to cut waste and also help boost the bottom line.

clock October 29, 2008Whitney Beckett


Luxottica Cuts EPS Outlook as Profits Fall

Italian eyewear giant Luxottica Group SpA cut its earnings-per-share forecast by more than 13.5 percent Tuesday.

clock October 29, 2008Andrew Roberts

Veruschka in Yves Saint Laurent, 1968

Fashion Features

The Costume Institute Looks at the Model as Muse

Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell didn’t just pose in designer clothes — they often inspired the creators behind them

clock October 29, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

The mini laptop.

Fashion Features

Vivienne Tam, Hewlett Packard to Unveil Laptop for Women

Vivienne Tam and Hewlett-Packard today are unveiling what might be the first laptop computer designed for women.

clock October 29, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Tom Ford

Fashion Scoops

Tom Ford’s First Hollywood Film… Gigli’s Return… Ferre, 90210…

Three years after forming his production company, Tom Ford is finally in the director’s chair…

clock October 29, 2008WWD Staff


Big Day for Layoffs… Less Ads for Martha Stewart Omnimedia…

Time Inc., The McGraw-Hill Cos. and Wenner Media LLC all revealed layoffs… Wenda Harris Millard predicted ad revenue in publishing would be down…

clock October 29, 2008WWD Staff



Wal-Mart Pursuing Global Growth

Wal-Mart plans to aggressively pursue business in emerging markets around the world, including Mexico, China and Brazil.

clock October 29, 2008Sharon Edelson

Many Chinese apparel factories have closed this year.

Government and Trade

China Manufacturing Hard Hit by Financial Turmoil

Factories in China are shutting down as demand for goods slackens.

clock October 29, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin


Symrise Trims Forecast

Citing prevailing economic uncertainty, flavors and fragrance firm Symrise cut its full-year earnings forecasts Tuesday.

clock October 29, 2008Brid Costello


Ackman Eyes Target Real Estate

Activist investors to discuss plans for stores today.

clock October 29, 2008Arnold J. Karr


Daily Stock Wrap

The best and worst performers.

clock October 29, 2008WWD Staff


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EXCLUSIVE: Karlie Kloss' Estée Lauder Deal Goes Deep

clock 8hEllen Thomas

Social Studies