SPORTSWEAR COMBO: Milan-based Sportswear International magazine, which publishes separate editions for Europe, the U.S. and South America, said Wednesday it will combine its titles to form a single worldwide publication. It will be published six times a year in English and German, starting in July. “We’re reinforcing the global approach of Sportswear International. We pulled together all our forces and reconsidered that we’re a publication for the entire world,” said Klaus Hang, publisher and editorial director of the U.S. edition. Three of the 15 jobs in the New York office were eliminated this week. Hang said no further layoffs are planned and that the office would remain open with Edina Sultanik as bureau chief.
’01 CYBERSPACE SHOT FLIES: Sure, it’s starting from a smallish platform, but the Internet still managed to produce double-digit, B2C sales gains in December, as U.S.-based volume advanced 14 percent to $5.7 million from November, according to Forrester Research. Those receipts fed a 12 percent run-up for the full year to online revenue of $47.6 billion against $42.4 billion in 2000. By comparison, the National Retail Federation reported overall sales of general merchandise, apparel, furniture and specialty retailers added just 4.1 percent in December, to reach $117 billion, and 2.4 percent for 2001, to hit $855 billion. Sales of apparel slumped 1.6 percent last month versus November, according to the NRF.