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Apparel Accessories and Luxury Goods


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    With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.

  • Luxury Four Seasons Hotel to Expand in China Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 1:33 PM ET
    Four Seasons Avaria

    The luxury Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday debuted plans to expand its presence in Asia, where it will open 11 new hotels and resorts, President and COO Kathleen Taylor told CNBC.

  • Coach Caters to Men With New NYC Shop Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 1:30 PM ET
    Shoppers look at handbags at a Coach store in Pasadena, California.

    In the latest push to expand its product line to a wider demographic, luxury goods maker Coach will debut its first-ever standalone men's store on Friday, to determine whether an expansion on the category—or a slew of men's-specific locations—could be a profitable investment.

  • Consumers to Put Spending on Long-Term Diet: NFCC Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 3:30 PM ET

    Just in case you were starting to feel a bit better about the economy, along comes a new study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, which found that the consumer recovery isn't as far along as some think.

  • Will Nordstrom's Discount Stores Hurt Its Brand? Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

    As luxury retailers adjust to shoppers' desire for lower opening price points, one upscale department store's outlet strategy runs the risk of hurting its brand equity.

  • LVMH Sales Beat, Shares Rise to 10-Year High Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 4:03 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    News of a very strong start to the year for French luxury goods giant LVMH has raised hopes that the world's super rich remain immune to economic downturn.

  • MCM CEO: Selling 'Functional Luxury' in US Expansion Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    German luxury company MCM says it will market “comfortable luxury” and emphasize “heritage” to young professional women in its strategy for global expansion.

  • Look for Menswear to Become Even More Casual This Fall Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 11:26 AM ET
    A model walks the runway at the Duckie Brown Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

    Menswear had a casual presence on the runway at New York Fashion Week in Fall 2010, as plaids, the incorporation of colors other than grays and blacks, and wide striping gave the tailored clothing category a more wearable feel.

  • Fashion Week Delivers Edgy Looks Retailers Need Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 11:18 AM ET
    A model enjoys one of the many treats offered backstage at Betsey Johnson's Fall 2010 show.

    Designers have shown more innovation at New York Fashion Week this season, and some experts think it will be enough to get weary consumers spending on the latest looks.

  • Highlights From The 2010 Miami Boat Show Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 10:35 AM ET
    The Miami International Boat Show is one of the four largest boat shows in the world, and its timing at the start of the main selling season makes it a bellwether for how the industry will perform in a given year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) trade group. Though boats are more affordable than ever at the show – thanks to a buildup of inventory and manufacturers offering more features as options – there are still plenty of luxury boats up for grabs.Following i

    Though boats are more affordable than ever at the show there are still plenty of luxury boats up for grabs. 

  • Wake Up Retailers! Fashionistas Are Back Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 11:06 AM ET
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    It's time for retailers to wake up. Fashion shoppers are abandoning basics and looking for unique, stylish items, and stores that break the recessionary trend of playing it safe will reap the rewards, analysts said.

  • Business Looking Up For Luxury Retailers Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 11:45 AM ET
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    Luxury retailers are showing signs of life after being bludgeoned by The Great Recession, with companies  from Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom to Tiffany, churning out respectable sales increases during the holiday season.

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    The stock market rally may help high-end jeweler Tiffany post its first quarter of positive same-store sales comparisons since the first quarter of 2008, Citigroup analyst Kimberly Greenberger said.

  • The recovery won't be bolstered by the consumer, like in previous recessions. Instead demand will come from a build-up of low inventories and large companies' exposure to emerging market growth, Edith Thouin, vice president of ABN Amro Private Banking said Monday.

  • Carnival Earnings: What Options Predict Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    Carnival is cruising into its earnings release Friday morning, and the bulls are getting on board.

  • Jewelry Sales Regain Some of Their Sparkle Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    Although the highly discretionary jewelry sector was one of the hardest hit retail markets last holiday, jewelry stores have an edge over traditional retailers this year, as stores look to improve their margins by lessening price cuts and offering more items at consumer-friendly prices.

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    Retailers are offering more gimmicks than ever this holiday, as they try to coax shoppers into buying that little extra something that wasn't on their list.

  • Secret’s Out: Sample Sales Move Online Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 11:41 AM ET
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    The private-sale sites — a misnomer because most of these so-called exclusive sites are open to anyone who signs up — have become a thriving corner of online commerce., says the New York Times.

  • As Sales Vanish, Skins Stay on Alligators Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 11:30 AM ET
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    The alligator skin business has soured as of late. Last year Louisiana farmers, who produce most of the world’s alligator skins, collected over 500,000 eggs from the wild. This year, for the first time, most farmers did not pick up any. The New York Times reports.

  • Dow Closes at 13-Month High; VIX Nears 20 Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 5:33 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks posted modest gains Wednesday, but it was enough to propel the Dow and S&P to new 13-month closing highs, as economic data buoyed recovery hopes.