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SPORTMART LOSS INCREASES, SALES FALL 10.6% IN QUARTER

NEW YORK -- Superstore retailer Sportmart Inc. reported its first-quarter loss widened slightly to $885,000 from a year-ago loss of $877,000.
Sales in the...

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WILL FASHION RESCUE FALL?
WITH BASICS IN A SLUMP, MANUFACTURERS ARE BANKING ON TRENDS TO SAVE THE SEASON.

Byline: Janet Ozzard

NEW YORK -- There's a potential blight on the crucial back-to-school and...

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FERRE SETS UP U.S. DIVISION, NAMES A HEAD

NEW YORK -- Gianfranco Ferre SpA is creating a new division to oversee its U.S. business.
The Milan-based design firm has hired industry veteran Corinne Coombe to become...

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SHAQ, WB SPORT JOIN FORCES

NEW YORK -- In an unprecedented move, Reebok International has signed a deal with Warner Bros. Sports Licensing to allow Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O'Neal, one of its endorsees, to promote...

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KELLYANNE FITZPATRICK: CONSERVATIVE MUSE

Byline: Susan Watters

WASHINGTON -- "Much of what I convey is soft, the less harsh side of conservatism," said Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, who has become something of a...

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THE LONG SHOW

NEW YORK -- Short skirts have been very much in the news recently, but that doesn't mean long looks have lost their grace. In fact, their sleek lines still have a strong appeal. Here, one case in point:...

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REVLON UNIT SIGNS CREDIT DEAL

NEW YORK -- Revlon Consumer Products Corp., the operating subsidiary of Revlon Inc., has signed a $750 million credit agreement that will be used to refinance on better terms its current...

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MODERATE FIRMS PUSH FASHION LIMIT PAST 55; OTHERS RIDE THE BRAKE

Byline: Anne D'Innocenzio

NEW YORK -- The fashion industry is seeing green in gray -- the problem is that most firms just don't know how to...

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STORE BRANDS GET SERIOUS
THROUGH INTENSE MARKETING, PRIVATE LABELS ARE BECOMING "PRIVATE BRANDS."

Byline: Sharon Edelson

NEW YORK -- The private label business in department stores has historically run in...

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THE LAST WORD
RETAILING'S NEW WORLD RETAINS THE OLD AXIOM: KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED.

Byline: Arthur Friedman

NEW YORK -- The now all-powerful consumer wants department stores to serve their every need,...

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THE DEPARTMENT STORE SAGA
A LOOK AT THE HISTORY AND ISSUES CONFRONTING RETAILERS.

Byline: David Moin

NEW YORK -- For America's surviving department stores, the downsizings, the debt and the bankruptcies are...

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KNITTING CLASS

NEW YORK -- Knitwear designers are following tradition this holiday season, with classic sweater elements -- twinsets and turtlenecks, cables and cardigans. And often, the knits take on holiday...

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