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  • Will Returning Consumers Help Boost Harley-Davidson? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 7:45 AM ET

    Harley-Davidson looked like a runaway bike down a steep mountain not long ago, but consumers may be returning as the economy recovers and luxury spending turns more positive.

  • Stones to Make Your Portfolio Sparkle and Shine Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 5:05 AM ET
    Flawless pear-shaped 72.22-carat diamond

    The gem market, like most others, has taken strain since the economic downturn hit. But with the climate improving and with prices below their estimates, could now be the time to add sparkle to your portfolio?

  • Versace to Cut 350 Jobs to Restore Profitability Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 10:45 AM ET
    Downsizing

    The Versace fashion house on Wednesday announced it will cut 350 jobs worldwide as part of a reorganization aimed at returning the group to profitability in 2011.

  • Swiss Watchmakers' Happiness Depends on G20 Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 4:15 AM ET

    The clock is ticking for Switzerland’s watchmakers – and it looks like the G20 can do something to stimulate their Christmas sales.

  • The global economic crisis may have damped the appetite for high-end goods, but one small daily luxury — gourmet tea — has been posting surprisingly strong sales, prompting some tea brands to consider expanding around the world.

  • Adriana Lima

    As another new fashion season debuts, against the chilliest retail climate in years, many believe this is not merely a difficult moment for high-end retail but a defining one as well.

  • Market Closes Lethargic Week Where it Started Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 5:03 PM ET

    At this point, stock index futures are pointing to modest gains at the open on Friday, as most markets in both Asia and Europe rose, with investors awaiting more macroeconomic data for clearer near-term market direction.

  • Luxury Retailers Will Shine Again: Strategists Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 2:35 PM ET

    Luxury retail companies have been beaten down heavily due to the financial crisis, but they’re slowly starting to make a comeback as consumers start to open their wallets again, said David Schick, luxury retail analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, and Scott Krugman, vice president at National Retail Federation.

  • Futures Hold Gains on Economic Signals Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 9:11 AM ET

    At this point, stock index futures are pointing to modest gains at the open on Friday, as most markets in both Asia and Europe rose, with investors awaiting more macroeconomic data for clearer near-term market direction.

  • Italy Blocks Sale of Yachts Bound for North Korea Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 3:39 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

    Italy has blocked the nearly euro13-million ($18-million) sale of two luxury yachts believed to have been bound for the impoverished nation of North Korea in violation of international sanctions, authorities said Thursday.

  • Brunswick has rallied 15 percent in three days, causing one big investor to bet that the debt-laden speedboat maker may have run too far.

  • Warren Buffett's big jewelry retailer in Omaha is feeling the recession's sting.  In another sign that even 'luxury' stores backed by billionaires aren't immune to the economic downturn, Borsheim's has laid off 13 employees.

  • Luxury as an Investment? Friday, 8 May 2009 | 11:47 AM ET
    The Enid

    Recessions make high-end marketers creatively desperate.

  • Debate on Trump Project Takes the Low Road Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 10:19 AM ET
    Donald Trump

    Since refusing to let Donald Trump buy his house, inconveniently located in the middle of Mr. Trump’s planned $1.5 billion development in the countryside here, Michael Forbes has had an unusual number of visits from local enforcement officers.

  • Credit Crunch Couture Comes into Vogue Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 11:53 AM ET

    As the global economic slowdown digs its heels in and consumers tighten their belts and fret about jobs, the Alternative Arts organization hosted its annual Alternative Fashion Week in Spitalfields market, London, a platform for young, new designers.

  • Retailers Fear an Un-Merry Christmas Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 10:22 AM ET

    Shoppers may be thinking about spring, but some retailers are reluctantly setting their sights on Christmas.

  • Why a Long-Time Bear Has Turned Bullish Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 9:05 AM ET

    A series of factors have emerged which have persuaded Michael Browne, portfolio manager at Sofaer Global Research, to become a bull after two years of bearishness, as the recent selloff is a "nice opportunity" to be investing in value stocks.

  • Is this the Year of the Recessionista? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 4:20 AM ET

    The current global slowdown is hitting those in every economic category, as even the very wealthy rein in spending.

  • Barbie Turns 50 Fashion Show Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 11:56 AM ET
    17 Feb 2009Barbie turns 50 this March but the classic doll was still turning heads recently at New York's Fashion Week, where models styled as Mattel's fashion icon took to the catwalk in designer outfits.Over 50 world-renowned fashion designers, such as Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Tommy Hilfilger and Calvin Klein came together for the first time ever in New York and showcased real-size, Barbie-inspired looks.

    Over 50 world-renowned fashion designers came together for the first time ever in New York and showcased real-size, Barbie-inspired looks. Check out the photos!

  • Despite Economy, the Show Must Go On in Hollywood Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 | 9:35 AM ET
    Hollywood

    It's a city where perception is reality and image is everything. But Hollywood is having trouble keeping up appearances in the midst of the nation's economic downturn, even during its splashiest, most self-celebratory time: awards season.