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Daria: Fashion Character

The MTV star took time out from her busy schedule of tapings, homework and hanging out at the pizza parlor to share her opinions on fashion.

clock June 4, 1998Catherine M. Curan


Bankers: Growth Seekers Driving Loans

NEW YORK — After a long period in which solvent apparel makers had little interest in visiting their bankers, the industry seems to be in a borrowing mood again.

Bankers servicing the industry say they have been seeing a pickup in both new…

clock September 19, 1994Catherine M. Curan


KMart Gets Cracking

NEW YORK — Kmart Corp. has begun the Herculean task of shoring up its ailing discount business.

After ardent pressure from shareholders to resurrect its core discount store business, the Troy, Mich.-based retailer said Thursday it will close…

clock September 9, 1994Dianne M. Pogoda and Catherine M. Curan


St. John Quarter Net Up 40%, Topping Estimates

IRVINE, Calif. — St. John Knits reported third-quarter earnings climbed 40 percent to $3.5 million, or 43 cents a share, easily topping Wall Street’s consensus forecast of 39 cents a share. A year earlier, St. John earned $2.5 million, or 31 cents….

clock September 8, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Cherokee May Have to Return to Chapter 11

NEW YORK — Cherokee Inc. may be headed for Chapter 11 again in a new restructuring plan, Cary Cooper, the company’s chief financial officer, said Wednesday.

The firm has been talking with bondholders and is close to a plan to restructure, he…

clock September 8, 1994Catherine M. Curan

Fashion Features

Upscale Women’s Apparel Leads August Same-Store Sales Gains

NEW YORK — Upscale women’s apparel retailers paced the field in same-store sales for August, while many moderate and lower-end stores had lukewarm gains or declines.

Hot categories were denim and plaid. Vests, dresses, accessories, intimate…

clock September 2, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Wall Street: Winners Will Keep Winning

NEW YORK — Major apparel manufacturers had a mixed showing in the first quarter, with some companies in the right fashion niche doing very well while commodity-type firms struggled.

Wall Street analysts predict current winners will continue to…

clock June 27, 1994Catherine M. Curan


SA’s Big Breadwinners

NEW YORK — Some top apparel executives scored huge earnings increases in 1993, but at underperforming companies, pay cuts were steep.

At the high end of the spectrum, Kellwood’s William J. McKenna’s pay more than tripled to $3.4 million, while…

clock June 8, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Sara Lee to Cut 6% of Jobs, Take $495 Million Charge

NEW YORK — Sara Lee Corp. will take a $495 million after-tax restructuring charge in the fourth quarter ending July 2, mainly to cut production in its lagging U.S. and European hosiery and fleecewear businesses.

The action will cut 8,000 to…

clock June 7, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Wal-Mart, Kmart Have Sluggish First Quarter

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Corp. and Kmart Corp., the two largest general merchandise retailers in the country, had disappointing first-quarter results — and according to analysts, performance in apparel was soft at both companies.

Profits at…

clock May 17, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Dillard’s Reports Good Sales Gains But Flat Earnings

NEW YORK — Despite strong sales gains, first-quarter earnings at Dillard Department Stores Inc. were flat and well below what Wall Street analysts expected.

The Little Rock, Ark.-based chain reported earnings of $48.3 million, or 43 cents a…

clock May 12, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Apparel Gives Sales a Boost in a Slow April

NEW YORK — Apparel was again a strong contributor to many stores posting April sales gains, as the bestsellers included dresses, intimate apparel, handbags and swimwear.

Strong gainers in same-store sales were Spiegel’s Eddie Bauer division,…

clock May 6, 1994Catherine M. Curan


NM Group to Close Pastille, up to 50 Contempo Units

NEW YORK — The Neiman Marcus Group will close up to 50 underperforming Contempo Casuals stores and the entire 39-unit Pastille chain. Contempo currently has 288 stores.

To cover the restructuring and store closings, NMG will take a $48.4…

clock May 3, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Kmart Sees Net Falling in First Quarter

TROY, Mich. — Citing women’s apparel as one of the few strong areas in a lower-than-expected sales picture, Kmart Corp. said it expects first-quarter earnings to be well below year-ago results.

In the year-ago period, Kmart earned a restated…

clock April 26, 1994Catherine M. Curan


Women’s Apparel Helps Push Retail Sales Ahead in March

NEW YORK — Aided by strong women’s apparel business, retail sales roared back in March, with many stores racking up double-digit same-store gains. Sportswear and ready-to-wear were strong, with standout items including T-shirts, knitwear, linen,…

clock April 8, 1994Catherine M. Curan

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