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Under Armour, Columbia Sportswear Earnings Up

Both companies reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and raised their full-year sales guidance.

Puma Sales Rise 7.3 Percent in Quarter

Activewear firm sticks to earnings guidance for 2011.

Domestic Apparel Prices Up 0.7% in September

Overall, the U.S. Labor Department’s Producer Price Index was also up in the month.

Studies See Robust Luxe Sales Growth

Bain and Altagamma predict the luxury goods market will grow by 13 percent in 2011, driven by China as well as ongoing strength in developed markets.

Nike Profits Gain 15.4%

Athletic firm well ahead of first-quarter earning projections.

Tommy Hilfiger Group in Deal for Interest in India Business

Firm to buyout Murjani Group’s license for the Hilfiger trademarks in India and acquire its stake in Arvind Murjani Brands.

Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Drive PVH Profits

Heritage Brands division sees weakness.

Buckle Inc. Profits Increase 13.5 Percent in Q2

Strong sales helped the retailer turn in a 13.5 percent increase in second-quarter profits, but it wasn’t enough to top analysts’ estimates.

apparel, sales, mens, womens

NPD: Men's Sales Rise, Women's Decline

Men’s apparel dollar volume increased 4.6 percent to $22.6 billion, while women’s apparel dollar volume declined 0.8 percent to $51 billion.

Maidenform Brands Posts Q2 Profit Decline, Hurt by Litigation Charge

Sales at department stores and national chains, as well as the mass merchant channel, saw gains in Q1.

Europe’s Markets Sink on Increasing Worries

Europe’s leading blue chip indices were already down in early afternoon trading on Thursday, and slipped further as the day dragged on.

Rising Costs Weigh on Benetton Net

Company was weakened by difficult economies in some of its main markets, such as Greece.

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