Valentino Goes Voom: Brand to Double Sales, Open 35 Stores by 2013

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There may be a global economic slowdown, but Valentino is stepping up the pace of its expansion. Stefano Sassi, chairman and chief executive, remains bullish about the mid- to long-term growth, where he hopes to double sales of the next five years.

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