A Soft Center: Weak Economy Hits Midtier Retailers

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The two ends of the retail spectrum held up well in October, but the middle weakened, raising concerns about what holiday holds for midtier department stores and middle-income consumers.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer

Business Features

Adidas Raises Forecast After Profits Jump

Adidas AG posts a 25 percent rise in third-quarter profit.

clock November 4, 2010Joelle Diderich

Zumiez led all stores with a 21.5 percent increase while midtier rivals J.C. Penney and Kohl's posted October same-store sales declines.

Business Features

Weak Economy Hits Midtier Stores

Penney’s, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, The Bon-Ton, and Stage all report declines in comparable-store sales.

clock November 4, 2010Alexandra Steigrad

A look from Juicy Couture.


Liz Claiborne Narrows Third-Quarter Losses

Claiborne remains in flux.

clock November 4, 2010Evan Clark

Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire


Debo’s Coming to America

The Duchess of Devonshire will visit New York to promote her memoirs.

clock November 5, 2010Samantha Conti

Healing Waters items.


Healing Waters Line Hits 388 Ulta Doors

Beauty retailer Ulta is putting its vote into natural bath and body.

clock November 5, 2010Faye Brookman

Justin Bieber

Marketing and Promotion

Justin Bieber Pioneers New Formula for Charity

Bieber fever has boiled over with a passion for giving.

clock November 5, 2010Pete Born

Designer and Luxury

Katrantzou Wins Swiss Textile Award

Alexander Wang awarded the designer the prize at a lavish ceremony.

clock November 5, 2010Marta Falconi

Neil Cole and Madonna


Madonna Surprises Crowd

Megastar wows at Fashion Delivers Gala.

clock November 5, 2010Jean E. Palmieri and Vicki M. Young


Those September Issues… RDA’s Tough Going in the U.S….

The weeks that lead up to the all-important September fashion issues have editors (and industry observers) obsessing over cover choices.

clock November 5, 2010Amy Wicks


Bettencourt Legal Battle Continues

New twists have entered into the already tangled web that is the Bettencourt affair.

clock November 5, 2010Jennifer Weil

Inside the Disney store in Times Square.

Real Estate

Disney Store Returns to NYC

A more than 20,000-square-foot Disney flagship is launching in Times Square.

clock November 5, 2010Sharon Edelson


Sean John to Shutter Fifth Avenue Store

Spokesman for Sean John confirmed the store will shutter on Dec. 30.

clock November 5, 2010David Lipke

Isabella Rossellini and boxing champion Joe Louis.

Fashion Features

December 27, 1976: Heavyweight Champion

At 24, Isabella Rossellini was just at the start of her career and WWD caught up with her that winter.

clock November 5, 2010Venessa Lau

The Carrie Underwood ad for Olay’s cleansing line.

Marketing and Promotion

Carrie Underwood: Olay’s Secret Weapon

Carrie Underwood ads are “all about reaching women like her, ages 25 to 35.”

clock November 5, 2010Andrea Nagel

Francisco Costa and Nora Zehetner,

Fashion Scoops

A Hooray for Minimalism… Man Oh Man…

Francisco Costa and Stefano Tonchi feted the “Minimalism and Fashion: Reduction in the Postmodern Era” book.

clock November 5, 2010WWD Staff

Julie and Billy Macklowe


Israel Museum Gala Raises $2.5M

Julie Macklowe and Sen. Frank Lautenberg attended the party.

clock November 5, 2010WWD Staff

A look for Kenneth Cole Reaction.


Kenneth Cole Earnings Rise in 3rd Qtr.

Margins for Kenneth Cole ease on higher promotions, wholesale share of volume.

clock November 5, 2010Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Leighton Meester to Be Face of Vera Wang’s Next Scent

“Gossip Girl” star signs on to campaign.

clock November 5, 2010WWD Staff

Doug Tough


IFF 3rd-Qtr. Earnings Climb

Fragrance supplier International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. reported Thursday that third-quarter profits increased 45.9 percent.

clock November 5, 2010Matthew W. Evans

E. Scott Beattie

Beauty Features

Elizabeth Arden Reports First-Quarter Earnings

Elizabeth Arden Inc.’s net sales lifted 7.4 percent to $284.8 million.

clock November 5, 2010Molly Prior

Katie Cazorla

Color Cosmetics

The Painted Nail’s Latest Stroke

Teri Hatcher, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale imbibe at a former stand-up comic’s nail salon, which is releasing a nail polish collection.

clock November 5, 2010Rachel Brown

Jimmy Choo fragrance advertisement.


Jimmy Choo’s New Fit: Fragrance

Tamara Mellon unveils the brand’s eponymous first scent.

clock November 5, 2010Nina Jones and Julie Naughton

Kim Kardashian

Fashion Features

Dose of Reality

Next up for Kim Kardashian: fashion.

clock November 5, 2010Matthew W. Evans

A rendering of the new Space NK.


Space NK To Open Fifth Freestanding Store

Beauty retailer Space NK is expanding its reach in the U.S.

clock November 5, 2010Julie Naughton


October Comp Crux

The best and worst of October.

clock November 5, 2010Arnold J. Karr


Today's Must Read

Nick Kamen in Munich in 1987.


Industry Pays Tribute to Model Nick Kamen

clock May 6, 2021Tianwei Zhang

Social Studies

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