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  • *Deal would mean big payday for Zale shareholder Golden Gate Capital. Feb 19- Signet Jewelers Ltd is buying smaller rival Zale Corp for about $690 million, an acquisition it said would strengthen its place in the U.S. jewelry sector and let it tap new markets. The price of $21 per share is a 41 percent premium over Zale's close on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

  • Feb 19- Signet Jewelers Ltd on Wednesday said it would buy smaller rival Zale Corp for about $690 million in a deal that would strengthen its hold on the U.S. specialty jewelry sector and let it tap new markets. That is a premium of about 41 percent to Zale's close on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

  • UPDATE 1-Signet to buy rival jeweler Zale Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    *Signet offers $21 per Zale share, premium of about 41 pct to Tuesday close. Feb 19- Kay Jewelers parent Signet Jewelers Ltd agreed to buy smaller rival Zale Corp for about $690 million, cementing its position as the largest North American jewelry chain. Zale has six retail brands, including Zale's and Peoples, and operates around 1,700 stores in North America.

  • Allegra Perry, managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald, says fashion shows like London Fashion Week are a "vital" part of marketing for luxury brands.

  • Diamonds appreciate in value     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank toured the VIP room at Graff Diamonds, and provides insight on which diamonds are worth investing in.

  • Luxury in China to see 20% growth: Pro     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    William Mack, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ Equity Research, says the luxury sector in China will see big growth.

  • Valentine's Day 'bling-vestments'     Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank looks at how the "super rich" spend their Valentine's, and provides insight on the worth of diamonds as an asset.

  • Feb 11- Fashion accessory maker and retailer Fossil Group Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results as it sold more watches and jewelry in North America, its largest market. Fossil sells watches ranging from $7 to upwards of $2000, under brands such as Armani Exchange, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

  • High-end retail struggles     Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports from Fashion Week in New York on the micro issues playing out across the high-end department store sector right now.

  • Tanuj Shori, Executive Director, Consumer Equity Research, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, points out factors that will limit growth for the luxury goods sector in China this year.

  • Is the EM slowdown hitting luxury demand?     Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 7:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Julia Wood reports on the pressure that several luxury brands are facing in emerging markets like China and South Korea.

  • Luxury goods: Bruised, not beaten in these markets Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 5:55 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong

    Luxury goods producers are coming under increasing pressure in emerging markets, but while some are worried, others appear more relaxed.

  • Erotic pocket watches     Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports on what he calls "pocket porn," which are pricey x-rated watches.

  • Luxury market poised for healthy year: Expert     Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 11:22 AM ET

    Discussing the luxury goods market and the diamond jubilee of the Winter Antiques Show, with Arie Kopelman, Winter Antiques Show chairman.

  • Bailey promotion at Burberry is biggest risk: Pro     Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    Allegra Perry, managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald, says the promotion of soon-to-be CEO of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, is the biggest risk to the company.

  • Prada: Optimistic on global demand     Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 | 10:44 PM ET

    Carlo Mazzi, Deputy Chairman at Prada, reiterates the importance of global demand for the luxury brand rather than selected markets.

  • Luxury brand predictions for 2014     Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 2:44 PM ET

    Discussing what investors can expect from luxury brands in 2014, with Stella Bugbee, NYMag's The Cut editorial director. Bugbee thinks luxury brands will fully embrace Instagram in the New Year.

  • Worst holiday sales since 2008? Not so fast Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 11:47 AM ET
    Shoppers walk past a retail shop offering deals at Somerset Collection shopping mall on November 29, 2013 in Troy, Michigan.

    The 2013 holiday season, touted to be the worst since 2008, showed strong growth compared to last year MasterCard said.

  • Ex-Tiffany exec heads to prison for jewelry theft Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | 2:25 PM ET

    A former Tiffany executive was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday after admitting to stealing more than $2.1 million of jewelry from the New York luxury store.

  • China's changing buying habits     Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 3:15 AM ET

    Mykolas Rambus, CEO of Wealth-X, says luxury brands need to offer a diversity of products and adapt to fast-changing consumer tastes in China.