A Little March Madness: Comp-Store Sales Soar But Outlook Cautious

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March was one for the record books. Lifted by a combination of pent-up demand for new fashion and weak year-ago comparisons, retailers saw the largest monthly same-store sales increases of the decade.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Fast Retailing Profit Jumps 56 Percent

Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., corporate parent of Uniqlo, said Thursday its first-half net profit rose 55.7 percent to 55.36 billion yen.

clock April 8, 2010Kelly Wetherille


H&M Profits Up in First Quarter

Hennes & Mauritz AB, the world’s third-largest fashion retailer, sees net profits jump 45 percent in the period.

clock April 8, 2010Joelle Diderich


M&S Domestic Sales Rise 6.2 Percent in Q4

Retailer expects full-year profits before tax to be ahead of year-ago figure.

clock April 8, 2010Samantha Conti

Hotel Cheval Blanc in Courchevel.

Business Features

LVMH to Expand Hotel Operations

LVMH said Thursday it would open Cheval Blanc-branded hotels in Oman and Aswan, Egypt.

clock April 8, 2010Miles Socha


Business Features

March Comp-Store Sales Soar

Retailers saw the largest monthly same-store sales increases of the decade, but outlook still cautious.

clock April 8, 2010Alexandra Steigrad


Redbook Editor to Exit

Editor in chief Stacy Morrison is leaving Redbook magazine.

clock April 8, 2010Nick Axelrod

Malcolm McLaren in 1983


Malcolm McLaren, Punk Impresario

Malcolm McLaren, the troublemaker who turned the Sex Pistols into a cultural force and created punk fashion with Vivienne Westwood, is dead.

clock April 8, 2010Emily Holt and Samantha Conti

Hourglass' creme to Powder Bronzer due.

Color Cosmetics

Cosmetics Brand Hourglass Adds Artistic Director

Gina Brooke, who previously served as artistic director of Shu Uemura, has taken on the same role at Hourglass Cosmetics.

clock April 9, 2010Julie Naughton

235 Saint-Honoré new store.


Luxe Hair Accessories Boutique Opens in Paris

Hair accessories aficionados have a new haunt here. On Tuesday, a concept boutique called 235 Saint-Honoré opened at that address.

clock April 9, 2010Jennifer Weil

Omorovicza's Complexion Brightener.


Omorovicza Expands U.S. Presence

Omorovicza beauty line inspired by visit to Hungarian baths and developed in concert with a Nobel Prize-winning laboratory.

clock April 9, 2010Julie Naughton

Kate Spade's new scent Twirl.


Kate Spade Twirl Scent to Launch in Fall

Kate Spade is heading back into fragrance with Twirl, a new women’s fragrance due in September.

clock April 9, 2010Julie Naughton

Jack Black's Performance Remedy lineup.

Designer and Luxury

Jack Black Launching Performance Remedy Line

The grooming brand Jack Black’s newest products target athletically minded consumers.

clock April 9, 2010Matthew W. Evans

The Isabel Marant store in SoHo.


Isabel Marant Opens in New York

French designer Isabel Marant is opening her first U.S. store today on Broome Street in New York City.

clock April 9, 2010Jessica Iredale

Colbie Caillat in the latest Cotton campaign.

Marketing and Promotion

Cotton Inc. Unveils New Ads

Leona Lewis and Colbie Caillat sing Cotton Inc.’s marketing jingle in new commercials.

clock April 9, 2010Ross Tucker

Freeman’s Superfruits.

Body Care

Freeman Reignites Bath Brand With Superfruits

Freeman Beauty Labs, battered by previous owners, is on the rebound.

clock April 9, 2010Rachel Brown

The Stilla Makeup Player, sold on Zappos.


Zappos Eyes 5-Year Goal of $75M Beauty Biz

Cassandra Lappe, Zappos.com Inc.’s beauty buyer, has a list tacked her wall of the beauty brands she dreams would be carried by the online shoe authority.

clock April 9, 2010Rachel Brown

Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacqueline de Ribes.


A Fete for the Elegant Comtesse Jacqueline de Ribes

La Comtesse Jacqueline de Ribes is still as willowy and arresting as 60 years ago.

clock April 9, 2010WWD Staff

Susan Fales Hill and Terron Schaefer


WIN Gala Honors Hoffman, Lieve

The Women in Need annual benefit dinner honored Brendan Hoffman, the CEO of Lord & Taylor.

clock April 9, 2010David Moin

Aero Minerale items.


Mineral Mists at Mass Look to Spur Foundation Sales

Classified Cosmetics launching Aero Minerale makeup mist.

clock April 9, 2010Faye Brookman

Marie Robinson


Celebrity Colorist Marie Robinson Opens Own Salon

Marie Robinson, a colorist whose clientele stretches from Scarlett Johansson to Anne Hathaway, opens her own salon in New York.

clock April 9, 2010Andrea Nagel


Daily Stock Wrap: April 8, 2010

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock April 9, 2010WWD Staff


March Sales Boost Retail Stocks

The S&P Retail Index advanced 6.13 points to 466.28 yesterday.

clock April 9, 2010Evan Clark

Eva Herzigova pour 1.2.3

Ready To Wear

Etam Launches Eva Herzigova Line

Eva Herzigova unveiled her collection for 1.2.3, part of France’s Etam Group, and said it reflects her fashion vision 100 percent.

clock April 9, 2010Natasha Montrose

Gisele Bündchen in the Ipanema flip-flops.

Fashion Scoops

Gisele Bündchen’s Turtle Love… Russo In at Cole Haan… Tuleh Update…

Gisele Bündchen popped into Paris on Thursday to unveil her latest flip-flop line.

clock April 9, 2010WWD Staff

Jean-François Cabos' fragrance line Atelier Flou.


Cabos Looks to Couture for New Scents

Jean-François Cabos has fashioned a fragrance line dubbed Atelier Flou, which will bow in Harrods this month.

clock April 9, 2010Brid Costello

Beauty Features

Cosmoprof to Offer Reality Check

Cosmoprof North America is gearing up for its annual beauty trade show, which is held each summer in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

clock April 9, 2010Andrea Nagel

Inside the Dermalogica Academy.

Skin Care

Dermalogica Opens N.Y.C. Academy

Class will soon be in session at the newly opened Dermalogica Academy, the clinical skin care brand’s first undergraduate curriculum for skin therapists.

clock April 9, 2010Molly Prior

Fergie in Elie Saab and Harry Winston

Beauty Features

Snippets: Fusion Move… Kors, Usher to Get FiFi… Regis Sales..

Fusion Brands formed a fragrance business unit, called the Luxury Fragrance Division. In other news, Usher to receive a FiFi award.

clock April 9, 2010WWD Staff

Condé Nast Traveler May 2010


Michelle Obama Picks Hot Pink… Daley’s New Gig, O’Regan Departs…

The First Lady Michelle Obama clearly loves a hot pink sheath.

clock April 9, 2010WWD Staff

Terry Lundgren


Lundgren Urges Innovation at Conference

Macy’s chief opens two-day meeting on retail challenges.

clock April 9, 2010Marcy Medina

Designer and Luxury

Reem Acra Names President

Christophe Hebre hired as president and chief operating officer at Reem Acra.

clock April 9, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg


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