December Comps Rise, but Margins Suffer

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Call it the holiday squeeze. That sums up the sense of December, when retailers pumped up sales but at the cost of margins.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Mystery Shoppers Give Paris Stores a Poor Score

Champs-Elysées ranks 16th out of 30 in a global survey of shopping streets.

clock January 4, 2012Joelle Diderich

Human Resources

LVMH Taps Stéphane Baschiera for Moët Post

Baschiera, currently at the helm of another LVMH-owned Champagne house, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, is to start in March.

clock January 5, 2012Miles Socha

A Paul Smith Olympic-themed stamp

Fashion Scoops

Sir Paul Smith Designs Olympic-Themed Stamps

The stamps went on sale Jan. 1 and are sold online at the Isle of Man Post Office’s Web site,

clock January 5, 2012Nina Jones

A Fudge ad.


PZ Cussons Acquires Fudge Hair Care

Sabre Group was paid 25.5 million pounds, or $39.9 million at current exchange, in cash for the brand.

clock January 5, 2012Nina Jones and Julie Naughton

A view of the Barbara Bui store on Rodeo Drive.

Designer and Luxury

Web Presence, More Stores for Barbara Bui

After opening a store on Rodeo Drive last year, the French fashion house is planning for further expansion within the U.S. market.

clock January 5, 2012Rachel Brown

Designer and Luxury

Australian Designers Headed to New York

Five are bringing their fall collections this month for a special presentation, courtesy of The Woolmark Co. and Australians in New York Fashion Foundation.

clock January 5, 2012Arthur Friedman

Out and about in Warsaw.

Fashion Features

They Are Wearing: Warsaw

While a new generation of hipsters snaps up current Western trends, many others are partial to Polish tradition.

clock January 6, 2012Alessandra Turra

Kate Spade’s blog at


WWD Digital Forum Set for Jan. 25

Last year was the year of online shopping — and WWD Summits is holding its first forum of 2012 to analyze just that.

clock January 5, 2012Rachel Strugatz

Roberto Cavalli


AmfAR’s Honors Program

The AIDS charity named the honorees at this year’s New York Gala, to be held next month.

clock January 5, 2012WWD Staff

A view of the LOOK boutique.


Critical Mass: Value Drives Holiday Beauty Sales

Shoppers started to open wallets after several tightfisted years, but only for items they deemed worthy.

clock January 5, 2012Faye Brookman

The One Sport scent.

Designer and Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana to Launch First Men’s Sport Fragrance

The One Sport, created by the Italian design duo and their fragrance licensee, Procter & Gamble, is due out early February.

clock January 5, 2012Luisa Zargani and Jennifer Weil


December Comp Crux

Expectations were high and recent performance solid for Nordstrom Inc. and Saks Inc.

clock January 5, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Grace, Sarah and Lily Badger on the program’s cover.

Marketing and Promotion

Madonna Badger Eulogizes Her Three Daughters

Some 2,000 mourners poured into Saint Thomas Church Thursday to pay their respects to Lily, Sarah and Grace Badger.

clock January 5, 2012Lisa Lockwood


Chloé Signs Eyewear Deal

The French fashion house has signed a licensing agreement with New York-based Marchon Eyewear Inc.

clock January 5, 2012Miles Socha

Items from Too Faced.


Beauty Promises Strong M&A Outlook

The beauty world looks to be busy with merger and acquisition activity in 2012, driven by firms seeking global expansion.

clock January 6, 2012Molly Prior

Fashion Scoops

Gucci Makes Los Angeles Hire

Just in time for award season, the fashion brand has hired Greg Nise as its associate director of worldwide entertainment industry relations.

clock January 6, 2012Marcy Medina

Fashion Scoops

Dov Charney Remarks on American Apparel’s Sales Gain

A Groupon promotion also helped give the retailer a top-line boost in the period.

clock January 6, 2012David Lipke

Laura and Kate Mulleavy

Fashion Scoops

Rodarte Teams Up With Los Angeles Philharmonic

Kate and Laura Mulleavy will create the costumes for the May production of “Don Giovanni” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

clock January 6, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Scoops

Giorgio Armani’s Generous Gift to Milan

The Italian designer made a donation to restore the baroque facade of the San Francesco di Paola Church in Via Manzoni.

clock January 6, 2012Cynthia Martens

The Anya Hindmarch windows.

Fashion Scoops

Anya Hindmarch’s Margaret Thatcher Tribute

The designer, a proud Conservative Party member, has filled the windows of her Pont Street store with an legion of Thatcher-esque mannequins.

clock January 6, 2012Samantha Conti

Fashion Scoops

Italy’s New Shopping Hours

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti presented a “Save Italy” plan in December that included liberalizing store hours around the country.

clock January 6, 2012Cynthia Martens


Analyzing Retailers’ Print Ad Sales

Deutsche Bank has begun tracking the amount and intensity of the year-over-year print advertising of Wal-Mart, Target, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s.

clock January 6, 2012Sharon Edelson


Brad Goreski, Rachel Zoe War of Words Heats Up

Goreski’s new Bravo reality show, “It’s a Brad Brad World,” premiered this week with more than one million total viewers.

clock January 6, 2012Amy Wicks

A view inside Lord & Taylor.


A Holiday to Remember for Prestige Retailers

Macy’s Inc., which is estimated by industry sources to do about 40 percent of the upscale business in the U.S., was all smiles this week.

clock January 6, 2012Julie Naughton and Pete Born

Government and Trade

Equity Markets Could Provide Tip for Election Outcome

Presenters at a New York Society of Securities Analysts panel offered insights to correlations between markets and presidential elections.

clock January 6, 2012Vicki M. Young



December Comps Rise, but Margins Suffer

While most stores reported positive comps for the month, the impact on profits won’t be known until fourth-quarter results are reported in February.

clock January 6, 2012David Moin


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