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Target Takes Aim with Tightened Mix

NEW YORK — Despite the strides made recently by Wal-Mart Stores and Kmart Corp. in the cosmetics category, retailers and suppliers still single out Target Stores, based in Minneapolis, Minn., as having perhaps the best beauty format in the discounter…

clock September 23, 1994Faye Brookman and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Carsons Plots Growth Spurt

MILWAUKEE — A leaner and more fit Carson Pirie Scott emerged from Chapter 11 last November. But by several measures, the firm is still in the doldrums.

Even its president and chief executive officer, Stanton Bluestone, admitted that to catch…

clock September 19, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Nordstrom’s Midwest Harvest

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Nordstrom is out to conquer the Midwest.

In just a few years, sources say, sales in the region are growing at 18 to 22 percent annually, which has propelled Nordstrom stores here and in Bloomington, Minn., into the top five…

clock September 16, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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More Fitted Looks, Color Pace Chicago Market

CHICAGO — Sleeker silhouettes and more color got an OK from retailers attending the holiday, resort and prom/social occasion market at the Chicago Apparel Center last week.

Many buyers reported budgets were up 10 percent or more as they looked…

clock September 9, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall and Shannon Sauter

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New Promotional Push Gets Midwest Moving

CHICAGO — Fueled by a strong promotional season, men’s fragrances are continuing to outperform women’s in the Midwest, according to retailers.

Growth in the men’s area has been particularly strong among established brands, such as Calvin…

clock September 9, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Catalogers Sharpen TV Image

CHICAGO — While Catalog 1 — the joint home shopping venture of Spiegel Inc. and Time Warner that consists of segments from catalogers such as Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Williams Sonoma, Sharper Image and Eddie Bauer — is still in the test…

clock June 28, 1994Holly Haber and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Retail

In the Aisles: Chicago’s Hot Looks

CHICAGO — Consumers have come to expect budget-priced basics, like shorts, T-shirts and multipacks of underwear, from mass merchants, but a recent spot-check of Sears, Roebuck & Co., Target Stores and Venture Stores also found a tempting array of…

clock June 22, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Retail

Beauty Benefits from Kmart’s Emphasis

CHICAGO — Reflecting the growing contribution of beauty to Kmart’s business, the discount store chain is embarking on a new strategy it hopes will increase its business even more.

Kmart’s effort includes a greater emphasis on skin care, a plan…

clock June 17, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Midwest Retailers: Bring on CK One

CHICAGO — Midwest retailers are having a heady spring, with fragrance sales running ahead of last year.

Percentage gains are ranging from the single digits to the high teens, the retailers said.

Most stores reported that Mother’s Day…

clock June 10, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Beauty Features

Chicago Designer Uncorks Unisex Scent

CHICAGO — Designer Richard Dayhoff, known for his women’s sportswear, is launching a fragrance. But he isn’t limiting it to the fairer sex.

Dayhoff also intends to break with tradition by selling the new product mainly through small specialty…

clock June 10, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Financial

Sara Lee Issues Hit List of Plants for Closing

CHICAGO — Sara Lee Corp. disclosed Tuesday nine of the plants and distribution centers it will close in the massive restructuring program of its personal products businesses.

As reported, the company announced the restructuring Monday, aimed…

clock June 8, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Fashion Features

The Art of the Pleat

CHICAGO — Fans of Issey Miyake say the designer’s garments aren’t merely clothes, but works of art.

Miyake underlined the point during a lecture he gave recently to a group of art students and the fashion community A list under the School of…

clock May 24, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

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Midwesterners Ready to Shop

Consumers have the mall in mind again as regional economy picks up

clock May 24, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Retail

Nordstrom Signs Pact to Test Interactive TV

OAKBROOK, Ill. — Nordstrom Inc. said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with U.S. West, a regional telephone company, to test selling merchandise via interactive television this fall.

Nordstrom has already announced a pact with Bell Atlantic,…

clock May 18, 1994Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall

Beauty Features

Lauder Sets Pace in Surging Midwest

CHICAGO — Midwest customers are pampering themselves with feel-good bath and body products and showing increasing responsibility toward the sun.

The bath, body and sun category is showing double-digit year-to-date increases in Midwest stores….

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