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  • Italy's troubles weigh on eurozone Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Italy is standing out as the European economy's problem child. Other countries that used to be the bearers of bad news— Spain, Greece, Ireland, Portugal— are slowly healing from the debt crisis that ravaged the currency union for much of the past five years.

  • ROME, Aug 6- Italian designer label Tod's is edging away from its comfortable driving shoes, ballerina flats and platform sandals in an attempt to diversify its business and revive flagging sales.

  • ROME, Aug 6- Italian designer label Tod's is edging away from its comfortable driving shoes, ballerina flats and platform sandals in an attempt to diversify its business and revive flagging sales.

  • A top holding in the $710 million Ivy Emerging Markets Equity Fund, the best performing diversified emerging market fund over the last five years, is Las Vegas Sands Corp, the U.S.-based casino operator that generates most of its revenue in Macao.

  • "Until now, we just couldn't take the plunge," said Takashi Nanki, director and general manager at Shima Seiki Mfg Ltd, whose knitting machines make sweaters and knitwear for the likes of Gucci, Prada and Benetton. As a result, corporate Japan sits on a cash pile of some 232 trillion yen, according to Bank of Japan data.

  • *Hugo Boss makes 9 pct of sales in China. FRANKFURT, July 2- German fashion house Hugo Boss is taking full control of its store network in China and Macau as it seeks to improve the way its brand is presented, a move that mirrors a broader trend by luxury goods groups in emerging markets.

  • Mulberry turnaround falters as luxury brands diverge Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    Any immediate turnaround in fortunes for the U.K. luxury brand Mulberry has failed to materialize, with the company announcing weak sales.

  • HONG KONG, June 6- China shares fell and could post their first weekly loss in four, as investors pull money out of the market while awaiting direction from major economic data in the coming week.

  • HONG KONG, June 6- Shares of Prada SpA fell more than 6 percent to a two-year-low on Friday after the Italian fashion house surprised investors with a drop in quarterly sales, sparking concern that the brand could be falling out of favour in key Asian markets.

  • Europe shares close up on ECB; Asos plummets 30% Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    European shares closed higher, as investors digested the raft of stimulus measures announced by the ECB.

  • CORRECTED-China, Hong Kong shares flat in weak volumes Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 1:07 AM ET

    *China coal sector falls on continued downward price pressure. HONG KONG, June 5- China shares were flat on Thursday, as investors remained cautious and unable to see catalysts for share movement. Shanghai midday turnover was the weakest since May 23, and about 30 percent below its average in the last 20 sessions.

  • *China coal sector falls on continued downward price pressure. HONG KONG, June 5- China shares were flat on Thursday, as investors remained cautious and unable to see catalysts for share movement. Shanghai midday turnover was the weakest since May 23, and about 30 percent below its average in the last 20 sessions.

  • Japan retailers target new big spenders - tourists Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 21- In ageing Japan, retailers are waking up to a hot new demographic: foreign visitors. In 2013, they spent $14 billion on everything from powdered green tea to Prada handbags, to rare, red-coral rings.

  • MILAN, May 16- Italian fashion group Giorgio Armani plans to step up investment in its brands and store openings, the company said on Friday after reporting a 4.5 percent rise in annual sales.

  • Bad news for richest 1% as luxury firms hike prices Monday, 12 May 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Luxury brands are mulling more inflation-busting price rises, in the face of strong foreign exchange headwinds and changing Chinese shopping habits.

  • HONG KONG, April 25- On the face of it, an IPO for WH Group, the world's biggest pork company, should have been an easy sell.

  • LONDON, April 16- British luxury goods group Burberry shrugged off industry jitters about slowing growth in China to post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue, reiterating that the greatest risk to its profits was the strengthening pound.

  • LONDON, April 10- European shares inched higher on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. "trading statement highlights further acceleration in Fashion& Leather/Vuitton, a very positive outcome in a context of weak trends as seen or expected at soft luxury peers- Prada, Gucci brand, Hugo Boss, Tod's.

  • Do or die: Retailers scramble to protect data Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    After high-profile retail data breaches the industry is accelerating a shift to EMV technology, but it won't solve all the industry's problems.

  • Men may be to blame for those big credit card bills Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 11:41 AM ET
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    Men are increasingly spending more on high-end fashion, and luxury brands are taking notice.