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  • TOKYO, June 17- Fast Retailing Co Ltd's fast-fashion GU brand aims to accelerate its overseas expansion, first with a launch in Hong Kong, South Korea and Southeast Asia from next year and then in Western markets within several years, the brand's chief executive said.

  • *Taiwan garment maker is Cambodia's second ever listing. PHNOM PENH/ HONG KONG, June 16- The number of companies on Cambodia's stock exchange doubled on Monday- to two.

  • DHAKA, June 5- Bangladesh's finance minister on Thursday announced minor sops to improve safety in the country's $22 billion garment industry, after a factory collapse killed over 1,100 people last year, but did not allocate new funds to relocate dangerous buildings.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 21- Google Inc's Nest Labs is recalling 440,000 smoke detectors, according to a U.S. government notice on Wednesday that provides the first public revelation of how many of the smart home appliances have shipped since sales started in November.

  • Times Square's Naked Cowboy gets underwear deal Monday, 5 May 2014 | 9:47 AM ET
    The Naked Cowboy in Times Square, New York.

    The Times Square street performer will soon don Fruit of the Loom boxers along with his hat and guitar, as part of a marketing campaign.

  • Gillette aims for a swivel in sales from new razor Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    Gillette hopes its FlexBall razor can boost stagnant razor sales with a nifty new swiveling feature.

  • April 25- Whirlpool Corp said on Friday that its quarterly operating profit rose as strong sales increases in much of the world, including Europe and North America, offset weakness in Asia. The world's largest maker of home appliances reported a first-quarter net profit of $160 million, or $2.02 per share, down from $252 million, or $3.12 a share, a year earlier.

  • BEIJING, April 22- Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's hugely inefficient state-owned industry.

  • TORONTO, April 17- Lululemon Athletica Inc, best known for its trendy yoga wear, hopes to drive growth in coming years by expanding its range of fitness-related apparel and accelerating international plans, its newly appointed chief executive said on Thursday.

  • Lululemon CEO looks beyond yoga wear for growth Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:05 PM ET

    *To broaden products amid success of casual wear collection. TORONTO, April 17- Lululemon Athletica Inc, best known for its trendy yoga wear, hopes to drive growth in coming years by expanding its range of fitness-related apparel and accelerating international plans, its newly appointed chief executive said on Thursday.

  • Retail earnings to blossom?     Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    What to make of CEOs who blame weather for poor sales, and what investors can expect from spring sales, with Mary Epner, Mary Epner retail analysis.

  • Retailers feel spring fever     Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Gap will report earnings after the closing bell. CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on a few positive earnings surprises from other retailers.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 6- The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed.

  • *Manufacturers in price war for standard LED light bulbs. FRANKFURT, April 3- Lighting companies like Philips and Osram are scrambling to develop more advanced technology as a price war for LED bulbs threatens to eat into profits and bring on a period of low growth as the long-life bulbs become more common.

  • Lululemon forecasts lower first-quarter results Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 7:18 AM ET
    A sign is displayed on a Lululemon Athletica Inc. store in Pasadena, California.

    Lululemon Athletica forecast lower-than-expected current-quarter results, after posting a profit that was almost unchanged from a year earlier.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies, S&P 500 briefly hits record Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Nike falls after results, Tiffany rises. Geopolitical issues remained in focus after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea and investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • March 19- Apparel maker Guess Inc forecast a surprise loss for the current quarter, citing weak traffic at its stores in North America and pressure in its wholesale business in Europe.

  • BEIJING, March 17- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has joined the race to develop' smart' household appliances, partnering with Chinese electronic goods maker Midea Group to produce home devices that talk to each other. Alibaba said on Sunday its long-awaited IPO, expected to be valued at over $15 billion, will take place in the United States.