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Firms Hiring Less and Later for Holidays

NEW YORK — Retailers are hiring holiday workers later in the season and taking on fewer of the part-time employees compared with previous years.

Analysts and consultants said the reason is that retailers are fretting over rising operating...

China to Kick Off a Retail Revolution

Christmas is coming early to foreign retailers in China, with restrictions set to be lifted Saturday allowing them to enter and expand there more easily.

Smoothing the Lines

Estee Lauder

NEW YORK — Estée Lauder is taking another stab at perfection.

The brand plans to unveil Perfectionist CP+ — which will replace its existing Perfectionist serum, launched two years ago...

Racers and Bikers in Beauty's Fast Lane

NEW YORK — Just as automobiles come in all shapes and sizes, so do the fragrance deals that hinge on them.

Last week Avon became the latest beauty company to join the automotive fray by signing Kasey Kahne, a rising star with the NASCAR...

John Frieda: Keeping Red Real

Radiant Red, John Frieda Professional Hair Care’s new color-protective line, is giving fiery types a permanent home in the spotlight.

Sponges' New Twists

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — At a recent overnight camping trip, 11-year-old Sarah Saltsman had something that none of her bunkmates had in their grooming kits — a foam bath sponge in the shape of a flower. Amidst the plethora of mesh sponges,...

Multiple Beauty Merchant Moves

NEW YORK — Several respected cosmetics merchants have moved to new companies. Early next year, Kathy Steirly will relocate to Illinois to join Walgreen Co. as divisional merchandise manager for beauty. Steirly was recently vice president of...

Dove's Great Expansion

Dove's expansion into hair care, skin care and deodorants has helped to double its U.S. sales in the last five years to the $1 billion mark.

Controller at Hilfiger Resigns

NEW YORK — James P. Reilly resigned Tuesday as vice president and corporate controller of Tommy Hilfiger Corp., according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Reilly, who was with the firm about 10 years, accepted a...

Stock Downgrades: Chinks in Wal-Mart's Armor

A Goldman Sachs analyst downgraded shares of Wal-Mart, citing its expansion plans and soft same-store sales, but some said he is off base.

What to Watch: Older Shoppers Hungry for Jeans

Many denim lines are focusing on lines geared toward younger consumers, but some are carving a profitable niche with older women.

What to Watch: Jeans Brands Ride Demand Wave

The cycle has swung in favor of jeans, and vendors don’t foresee any dip in the year ahead. Their main concern is how the addition of new names into the category will play out.

“All the retailers are jockeying to find what they...

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