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  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. imports of synthetic apparel this year have overtaken cotton garments for the first time in decades, according to the latest U.S. government data, confirming the cotton industry's fears that cotton is losing the battle to manmade fibers. Of 19.43 billion square-meter equivalents of apparel shipped to the United States through September,...

  • *Banks owed are FirstRand, Standard, Barclays, Investec. JOHANNESBURG, Nov 5- Four of South Africa's biggest banks are owed $53 million by Ellerine, the money-losing furniture firm that African Bank Investments cut funding to just before the lender collapsed, documents showed. The restructuring plan shows Ellerine owes 241 million rand to FirstRand, 150 million...

  • Oct 28- Whirlpool Corp on Tuesday posted a higher quarterly profit as the housing recovery in the United States lifted sales of its washers and dryers, cooktops, stoves and refrigerators. Benton Harbor, Michigan- based Whirlpool posted a third-quarter profit of $230 million, or $2.88 a share, up from $196 million, or $2.42 a share, a year earlier.

  • Whirlpool posts higher profit but reduces forecast Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    A customer talks to a sales associate in front of a row of Whirlpool washing and drying machines.

    Whirlpool posted a higher profit on increased sales of its washers and dryers, cooktops, stoves, and refrigerators in North America and Europe.

  • Oct 28- Whirlpool Corp on Tuesday posted a higher quarterly profit, lifted by increased sales of its washers and dryers, cooktops, stoves and refrigerators in North America and Europe. But the world's largest maker of home appliances lowered its full-year profit outlook, citing costs from its acquisitions of Indesit Company SpA and Hefei Rongshida Sanyo...

  • Whirlpool posts higher profit Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    Oct 28- Whirlpool Corp posted a higher quarterly profit on Tuesday on increased sales of its washers and dryers, cooktops, stoves and refrigerators in North America and Europe. The company, the world's largest maker of home appliances, posted a third-quarter profit of $230 million, or $2.88 a share, up from $196 million, or $2.42 a share, a year earlier.

  • Under Armour shares fall as sales growth slows Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 AM ET
    Under Armour

    Sports apparel maker Under Armour reported slowing quarterly growth in its apparel business, sending its shares down about 6 percent in early trading.

  • Oct 23- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc reported slowing quarterly growth in its apparel business, sending its shares down about 6 percent in early trading. Under Armour also raised its full-year 2014 sales forecast for the third time. Under Armour said net income rose to $89.1 million, or 41 cents per share, in the third quarter ended...

  • Oct 23- Sports apparel manufacturer and retailer Under Armour Inc reported a 22 percent rise in quarterly profit due to strong demand for its sports footwear and outdoor apparel. The company, known for its Highlight football cleats and SpeedForm Apollo running shoes, said net income rose to $89.1 million, or 41 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30,...

  • UPDATE 1-Retailer Conn's says could sell itself Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    Oct 6- Electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc said it would consider selling itself as part of a review of strategic options. Shares of the company, which has a market capitalization of about $1.20 billion, were up 8 percent at $35.60 in premarket trading on Monday. Activist shareholder David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital Inc and hedge fund Luxor...

  • Retailer Conn's says could sell itself Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Oct 6- Electronics and home appliance retailer Conn's Inc said it would consider selling itself as part of a review of strategic options. Conn's, which also adopted a poison pill takeover defense, has engaged BofA Merrill Lynch as financial adviser and Vinson& Elkins LLP as legal counsel to assist in the process. Other options include separation of its retail and...

  • Farah left Ralph Lauren in May as executive vice chairman after serving as president and chief operating officer for nearly 14 years. Ralph Lauren's annual revenue more than tripled to $7.45 billion in 2014 from $1.95 billion in 2000 during Farah's tenure.

  • *Restructuring charges of 50 million euros through 2016. AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips, the Dutch conglomerate that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off its lighting business in a bold step to expand its higher-margin healthcare and consumer divisions.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120- year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15- billion euro business.

  • *Electrolux to issue shares after deal completed. STOCKHOLM, Sept 8- Sweden's Electrolux AB said on Monday it would double U.S. sales by paying $3.3 billion in cash for General Electric Co's appliances business in its biggest ever deal, giving it the scale to go head-to-head with larger rival Whirlpool.

  • NEW YORK/ STOCKHOLM, Sept 4- Sweden's Electrolux AB is near a deal to buy General Electric Co's iconic appliance business for more than $2.5 billion, in a move that would significantly expand its reach in North America, people familiar with the matter said. Representatives for GE and Electrolux declined to comment.

  • Aug 21- Home Depot Inc named retail industry veteran Craig Menear as its chief executive, four months after he was appointed as head of the home improvement chain's U.S. retail business. Menear, 56, joined Home Depot in 1997 as a merchandising manager.

  • JAKARTA/ PHNOM PENH, Aug 18- Labour leaders behind the biggest strikes in Cambodia's $5 billion garment industry knew last year they had a strong case for higher wages: they had already compared notes with activists in neighbouring countries.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- General Electric Co is in talks with Sweden's Electrolux AB and other parties to sell its household appliances unit, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Bloomberg News earlier reported that GE's appliances unit had drawn interest from Electrolux and consumer development startup Quirky.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson will sell half of his 27 percent stake in the yoga apparel maker to private equity firm Advent International for $845 million, as part of a deal in which Wilson agreed not to wage a proxy contest.