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Delta Galil's RealCool
Delta Galil has improved its RealCool Cotton fabric technology so that it is now more eco-friendly.
The fabric, which was launched in 2005 and combines wicking properties with the breathable comfort of cotton, is now treated with anti-bacterial and
odor-repelling agents that are said to reduce the carbon footprint of clothing throughout its lifecycle.
By preventing the growth of bacteria, RealCool Cotton clothing requires less laundering and lower wash temperatures - thus reducing CO2 emissions.
"Underwear and hosiery are typically laundered at higher temperatures," says Esti Maoz, chief marketing officer at Delta Galil.
"The new treatment introduced in RealCool Cotton will allow the consumer to use more moderate temperatures, and at the same time extend the life of the product - both helping to protect the environment."
An 'intelligent fabric' with in-built sensors could help bra makers improve the fit of their designs and encourage more women to take up sports according to Australian scientists.
Researchers at the University of Wollongong say the straps of a properly fitted bra can cause pain and even nerve damage, and that exercise is simply too painful for some large-breasted women.
The scientists describe how a special fabric with sensors was used to detect breast movement as women walked and jogged on a treadmill.
The experiment found that the vertical movement of the chest can reach 70mm during vigorous exercise.
It also identified that bra straps bear much of the load generated by breast momentum during physical activity and can affect nerves around the shoulders.
"As breast mass increases, breast bounce momentum also increases, placing large loads on the straps and, in turn, excessive pressure on the wearer's shoulders," the researchers said.
"Our results show that the fabric sensors are suitable to monitor breast motion and brassiere function.
"Brassiere designers will have the ability directly to assess the effects of changes to each brassiere component on vertical breast and brassiere motion using fabric sensors."
Suggested improvements in bra design include limiting excessive breast movement without causing discomfort.
Chet...The Christmas Parrot
One day a husband decided to go to a pet store and get his wife a bird for Christmas. He knew she loved animals, birds in particular, and decided this would be the perfect gift for her.
He goes to the pet store and asks the manager if he has anything special in the way of birds. The manager tells him that in fact he does, it's a bird named Chet who sings.
The guy is very interested and asks to see Chet. The manager brings him over to a beautiful bird and tells the husband that this is Chet. The husband asks what is so special about him and the manager tells him that Chet can sing, and that he'll show him. The manager then takes a cigarette lighter out of his pocket and lights it a few inches underneath Chet's right foot. Chet begins to sing, "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way..."
The husband says that it was great and asks, "Does Chet sing anything else?"
So the manager then lights his lighter under Chet's left foot, and Chet begins to sing, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know..." The husband is very impressed, sure that his wife will absolutely love this bird, so he buys Chet.
He brings the bird home and presents it to his wife as a Christmas gift.
She is very happy and says the bird is beautiful. The husband tells her that the bird can sing, and he takes his lighter and lights it beneath Chet's right foot, and Chet begins to sing, "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way..."
The wife is thrilled and asks if he can do anything else. The husband then lights the lighter under Chet's left foot and Chet begins to sing, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know..."
The wife is overwhelmed and asks, "What would happen if you put the lighter under both of his feet at the same time?"
The husband says that he doesn't know, but they could try it.
So the husband puts the lighter under both feet and he begins to sing,
"Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire...."
November Retailers' Sales
Abercrombie & Fitch reported a 25% jump in November net sales to $352.3m, from $282.9m in the same period last year. November comparable store sales increased 2%, and total company direct-to-consumer net sales increased 78% to $32.8m. By division, Abercrombie & Fitch same-store sales increased 4%, Abercrombie fell 1%, Hollister Co was flat to last year, and Ruehl comparable store sales decreased 12%.
Aéropostale Inc, the mall-based specialty retailer of casual and active apparel said total net sales increased 28.4% to $192.2m, from $149.7m, for the period. Same store sales increased 6.6%. The company, which operates Aéropostale and Jimmy'Z stores, said it ended November with same store sales "at the high end of our guidance, with gross margins above last year and with inventories well controlled."
American Eagle Outfitters Inc said its total sales for the period were $285.8m, an increase of 16% over last year's $247.0m. Comparable store sales were flat, compared to a 10% increase for the same period last year. The retailer operates under the American Eagle Outfitters and Martin + Osa brands.
AnnTaylor Stores Corporation described November as "a solid month overall," with net sales increasing 12.2% to $209.2m from $186.4m. Comparable store sales were up 3.9%, versus a decline of 4.3% in the November 2006 period. By division, same-store sales for Ann Taylor increased 0.6%, and for Ann Taylor Loft they rose 5.3%.
The Cato Corporation slipped 4% to $58.4m from $60.9m in the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the month decreased 6%. As of December
1 the company operated 1,328 value-priced women's fashion apparel stores in its Cato and It's Fashion! Divisions.
Christopher & Banks Corporation reported total sales in November of $48.1m, up 8.6% on last year's $44.3m. Same-store sales for the month increased 1%. The Minneapolis-based company said November merchandise margins showed strong improvement over last year's levels.
Gap Inc increased 11% to $1.54bn from $1.39bn, while same-store sales were flat compared with an 8% decrease in November 2006. Comparable store sales by division were up 1% at Gap North America, up 4% at Banana Republic North America, down 3% at Old Navy North America. International sales were up 1%.
Hot Topic Inc has posted a 1.3% drop in its total sales for November, to $56.2m. Same-store sales were down 4%, the City Of Industry, California-based company said. By division, same-store sales at Hot Topic were down 3.4%, while the Torrid chain saw a 25.8% fall.
Limited Brands Inc reported a 7% fall in comparable store sales for the four week period. Net sales decreased by 8.4% to $858.7m from $937.7m.
Mothers Work Inc announced a 2.3% rise in net sales for November to $46.5m from $45.4m, which was in line with our previous guidance. Comparable store sales were flat versus a decrease of 1.3% for November 2006. The company says it continues to suffer from the pregnancy-friendly fit of certain non-maternity fashion trends.
Neiman Marcus Inc reported an 8.7% rise in total sales to $360m from $332m in the same period last year. Total comparable revenues were up 5.8%. In the Specialty Retail Stores segment, which includes Neiman Marcus Stores and Bergdorf Goodman, comparable revenues increased 6.1% in November, with designer shoes and handbags among the strongest performers. Neiman Marcus Direct revenues increased 4.3%.
Nordstrom Inc for the four-weeks to December 1 rose 7.4% to $804.9m, from $749.4s in the same period last year. Same-store sales increased 8.7%.
Stage Stores Inc said its total sales for the four-week November period increased 7.8% to $130.7m from $121.2m. Comparable store sales for the month increased 3.6% versus an increase of 0.2% last year, helped by the arrival of cold weather in the North East.
Stein Mart Inc's total sales for November fell 3.1% to $140.2m from $144.7m, while same-store sales dropped by 8.9%. The company said the men's and ladies' apparel and accessories divisions were better than the company trend, and that special sizes continued to post positive comparative stores sales.
Ross Stores Inc posted a 10% increase in sales for the four weeks to
December 1, to $547m from $496m. Same store sales rose 3%.
The Wet Seal Inc posted a 15.2% fall in November net sales to $53.0m, from $46.0m last time. Same store sales declined 1.7% for the four-week period. The Foothill Ranch, California based company operates 405 Wet Seal stores and 95 Arden B stores.
Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc reported a sales increase of 6.6% to $33.6m as compared to $31.6m in the prior year period. Same store sales increased 0.4% for the four weeks to
December 1. The company said women's accessories and outerwear showed strong comparable store sales results in November.
Zumiez Inc said same-store sales rose 5.6% in November. For the four weeks to
December 1, total sales rose 29% to $33.3m, from $25.9m last year.
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