Retail’s Scary Month: Stores See Big Drops In October Comp Sales

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October was no treat for retailers. If any more proof were needed that even luxury consumers are slamming their wallets shut in the economic downturn, look at last month's comparable-store sales.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Hermès said the economic climate should continue to be rough through the end of the year.


Hermes Q3 Sales Rise 4 Percent

French luxury goods group warns that the rest of the year will be tough in the current economic climate.

clock November 6, 2008Robert Murphy

The Reebok headquarters in Massachusetts.


Adidas Third Quarter Net Up Slightly

German activewear giant said a lower tax rate boosted its bottom line.

clock November 6, 2008Ellen Groves

Saks Fifth Avenue


Stores See Big Drops in October Comp Sales

Luxury consumers tighten their wallets.

clock November 6, 2008David Moin and Alexandra Steigrad and Evan Clark


Warnaco’s Earnings Climb

Warnaco’s net income increased to $26.5 million.

clock November 6, 2008Whitney Beckett


AnnTaylor Layoffs Rev Up Restructuring

Retailer AnnTaylor eliminated 19 percent of its corporate staff.

clock November 6, 2008David Moin

E. Scott Beattie


Claiborne Integration Leaves Arden in Red

Claiborne brands and new launches drive sales increase.

clock November 6, 2008Molly Prior

A Bare Escentuals' boutique.


Bare Escentuals Continues to Add Stores

While Bare Escentuals is often associated with infomercials, specialty stores and QVC, the company also has an expanding network of boutique stores.

clock November 7, 2008Faye Brookman


Fragrance Foundation Opens Dubai Branch

The New York-based Fragrance Foundation USA now has an Arabic-speaking sister.

clock November 7, 2008WWD Staff

Leanne Citrone and Andy Lecompte


Duo to Open Andy Lecompte Salon in L.A.

Hairstylists Andy Lecompte and Leanne Citrone’s career paths have been intertwined ever since they arrived in Los Angeles a couple months apart 11 years ago.

clock November 7, 2008Rachel Brown

An item from Specifique.


Kérastase Aims to Make Scalp Care Sexy

Specifique, the newest line by Kérastase, addresses the scalp, targeting this very unsexy area: dandruff, oiliness and thinning hair.

clock November 7, 2008Andrea Nagel

EShave's Winter Garden store.

Skin Care

EShave Unveils Second Boutique

An eShave store has sprouted in the Winter Garden.

clock November 7, 2008Matthew W. Evans


Seasonal Holiday Temps Seen

Seasonal temperatures throughout most of the country over the next month will affect how, when and what consumers shop and buy for the holidays.

clock November 7, 2008Dick Silverman


Gemological Institute and Jewelers Team Up

Partnership will yield cooperation on several projects.

clock November 7, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Democratic state senator Kay Hagan ran seven trade-focused ads during her campaign in North Carolina.

Government and Trade

Fair Trade Advocates Score Gains in Congress

New politicians oppose what they see as Bush’s aggressive free trade agenda.

clock November 7, 2008Kristi Ellis

Select items from the new Almay line.

Color Cosmetics

Almay Goes Natural With Pure Blends

Almay is rolling out its biggest color cosmetics initiative in two years, Pure Blends, an eco-friendly collection.

clock November 7, 2008Michelle Edgar and Faye Brookman

Beauty Features

Snippets: Henkel Beauty Flat… Completely Bare on Bond…

The beauty division of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA turned in a flat third quarter in the face of a challenging market

clock November 7, 2008WWD Staff

The bottle for John Galliano's first fragrance.


Selective Beauty Undergoes a Makeover

Selective Beauty chairman Brondi and Investindustrial have been revising the firm’s brand portfolio.

clock November 7, 2008Stephanie Epiro

The Onde lineup.


Armani’s Asian Flair: Onde Scents

Giorgio Armani is introducing Onde, a trio of oriental fragrances for women meant to have a sensuous slant.

clock November 7, 2008Brid Costello

The Jigsaw Organics range.

Body Care

Jigsaw Claims Piece of Beauty Pie

British fashion chain Jigsaw began rolling out Jigsaw Organics, a 10-piece beauty collection, this week.

clock November 7, 2008Rachel Tiplady

Lip Lock

Color Cosmetics

Perfect Rouge: Shiseido’s New Page

Shiseido will give the beauty world some lip this winter, with an able assist from its makeup artistic director, Dick Page.

clock November 7, 2008Julie Naughton

Malibu Playboy with Las Vegas, Miami and Hollywood.


Playboy’s Fragrance Foray

Coty invited the stars of E network’s “The Girls Next Door” up to the penthouse of Manhattan’s Hotel on Rivington for a party last week.

clock November 7, 2008Matthew W. Evans and Amy Wicks

Jemma Kidd

Color Cosmetics

Jemma Kidd Enters U.S., Space NK

Jemma Kidd continued to build her brand constituency of consumers by expanding the U.S. distribution of her color cosmetics collection.

clock November 7, 2008Pete Born

Elie Tahari and Melissa Rivers


Children’s Hearing Institute Honors Burt Tansky

Burt Tansky, the chairman and CEO of the Neiman Marcus Group, opened the book on his family’s history of hearing impairment.

clock November 7, 2008David Moin


Talbots Puts J. Jill Up for Sale

Company to focus solely on its namesake brand.

clock November 7, 2008Vicki M. Young and Matthew Lynch


True Religion Profits Balloon

Earnings and sales for True Religion exceed analysts’ estimates.

clock November 7, 2008Alexandra Steigrad


Daily Stock Wrap

The day’s best and worst performers.

clock November 7, 2008WWD Staff

Marion Cotillard in the Lady Dior ad.


Cotillard’s Paris Ascent… Making Their Marc… Leaving Money…

Marion Cotillard, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of French songbird Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose,” was taken high above Paris for her latest role.

clock November 7, 2008WWD Staff

27 Facets’ Jennifer Rosenthal and Amber Berger.


Gem Dandies: Concierge Business Takes on Diamonds

New jewelry concierge business 27 Facets features services ranging from insurance appraisals to jewelry and watch repair and cleanings.

clock November 7, 2008Venessa Lau

Business Features

Lineup Set for Vuitton Regatta

A dozen teams are to compete in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series, a yachting regatta to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, in February.

clock November 7, 2008Ellen Groves


Net-a-Porter CEO Leaves

Chief executive officer Sven Gaede has departed from for personal reasons.

clock November 7, 2008WWD Staff

A rendering of the special Louis Vuitton holiday facade.

Designer and Luxury

Murakami ‘Wraps’ Vuitton on 5th

Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue is being wrapped for the holidays by Takashi Murakami.

clock November 7, 2008Marc Karimzadeh


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