Houston's Property to be
Few people can sing like Whitney Houston. But anyone with some spare cash can dress like the Grammy winner, right down to one of her black velvet bustiers, and croon into one of her microphones.
Those items and more than 300 others from a 1999 world tour, including grand pianos, drum kits and a forklift, are to be auctioned in an effort to cover unpaid storage fees on the gear and clothing, said Jeffrey Campisi, a lawyer for Speed of Sound, a company that has been tending to the equipment.
The tour gear, which includes speakers, amplifiers and a vintage barber chair along with designer clothes, has been stored in Irvington since the tour, Campisi said.
Speed of Sound went to court in May after not receiving payments from Houston's company, Nippy Inc, for a year. The company is now owed $175,000 to $200,000, Campisi said on Wednesday.
He couldn't estimate what the auction might bring, but said any excess money will go to Nippy.
In recent comments to newspapers, Seltzer has said the auction is being held to dispose of outdated equipment and costumes that are no longer needed.
Forty-year-old Houston is divorcing singer Bobby Brown after 14 stormy years of marriage. Some of his music awards will be on the same auction
The home that Brown and Houston once shared in Alpharetta, Ga. went on the market in November.
She avoided a sheriff's sale of her New Jersey mansion after falling more than $1 million behind on the mortgage and accumulating $83,000 in unpaid taxes.
A deal has been reached on the mortgage and the taxes on the 10-acre Mendham estate have been paid, Morris County authorities said.
Houston has been living in Los Angeles, working on an album.
Neiman Marcus reported a 7.1% increase in comparable revenues from $637m to $682m for the five weeks ended 30 December. Total revenues in the same period went from $637m to $689m, marking an 8.3% growth.
The Buckle said net sales increased 7.2% to $88.8m from $82.8m in 2005. Same-store sales at the company, which sells apparel, shoes and accessories, increased 3.6%.
Deb Shops said same-store sales slipped 7.5% during the month and total sales decreased 4% to $41m from $42.7m.
American Eagle Outfitters, which operates 908 teen specialty stores in the US and Canada, reported a 13% boost in December sales. Net sales moved ahead 20% to $522.4m during the month.
Nordstrom said preliminary net sales were $1.27bn during December, marking a 9.8% increase from last year’s $1.16bn sales. Same-store sales grew 9%.
Urban Outfitters, a consumer products company, announced that total sales for the calendar month of December grew by 15%, while total company same-store sales declined by 5% versus a combined 'comp' increase of 6% for the same period last year.
TJX Companies enjoyed a 10% hike in net sales to $2.5bn from $2.3bn a year ago. Same-store sales grew 6%.
Hot Topic experienced a 5.1% decline in same-store sales during December as total sales declined 1% to $131m.
Aeropostale said same-store sales were up 1.7% in the December period compared to last year’s 11.4% spurt. Meanwhile, net sales grew 12.6% to $266.7m from $236.8m a year ago.
Family Dollar Stores posted a 1.2% comparable increase for December as net sales increased 5.7%.
Abercrombie & Fitch reported a 1% drop in same-store sales during the month. Net sales, however, were up 15% to $603.6m from $525.9m in 2005.
Zumiez were ahead 11.5% during the final month of 2006, versus a 20.9% leap in the prior-year month. Total sales were up 40.5% to $62.5m.
Citi Trends reported that same-store sales decreased 0.1% during the five-week December period, while net sales advanced 17.8% to $60.4m during the month.
Cache said same-store sales were up 4% during the month as net sales increased 4% to $39.1m from $37.7m a year ago.
Wilsons The Leather Experts said total sales were $75.7m compared to $110.2m last year. Same-store sales decreased 23.1% compared to last year’s 7.7% fall.
New York & Company’s net sales leapt 8.8% to $192.8m. This compared to $177.1m a year ago. Same-store sales, meanwhile, grew 3.2% compared to an increase of 10.9% last year.
The Wet Seal said same-store sales edged up1.3% in December compared with an increase of 38.5% in 2005. Net sales were $76.5m compared with $69.9m previously, an increase of 9.4%.
Limited Brands reported that same-store sales increased 4% as net sales increased 6% to $2.03bn from $1.91bn the year before.
Ross Stores’ December net sales grew 8% to $729m from $672m as same-stores increased 2%.
Pacific Sunwear of California said total sales increased 3.3% to $250.5m from $242.4m last year. Same-store sales slipped 3.2%.
Guess?, total sales in December increased 14.5% to $103.4m. Same-store sales, meanwhile, jumped 13%.
Chico’s reported that total sales increased 11.9% to $193.2m from $172.6m previously, as same-store sales decreased 2%.
Dress Barn said its same-store sales increased 5% in December while total sales increased 9% to $159.8m at the apparel retailer from $147.2m a year ago.
Claire’s Stores reported that total sales increased 7% to $247.84m from $231.45m. Same-store sales were static.
Stein Mart said total sales increased 2.1% in December to $216.2m from $211.8m the year before. On a same-store basis, sales were static.
JC Penney, which operates department stores and sells through catalogues and online, said same-store department store sales increased 2.6% compared with a 2.2% increase last year. Total department store sales increased 4.2% for the five weeks. Total direct sales slid 1.4% for the period compared with a 4.3% increase last year.
Dillard’s, total sales decreased 3% to $1.23bn from $1.27bn while same-store sales decreased 5%.
The Bon-Ton Stores said total sales in the five weeks increased 147% to $642m from $259.9m a year ago while Bon-Ton same-store sales decreased
Federated Department Stores said same-store sales increased 4.4% as net sales decreased 8.5% to $5bn.
Kohl’s chain of department stores said net sales rose 11.2% as same-store sales increased 3%.
Saks reported a 13% rise in total monthly sales to $444m as same-store sales grew 11.1%.
United Retail Group reported a 2% net sales decrease to $55.7m during December 2006, from $56.6m in the same month last year. Same-store sales decreased 2% for the month versus a 16% increase in December 2005.
Stage Stores reported that total sales for the five-week period ended 30 December 2006 increased 11.8% to $270.5m, while same-store sales increased 2.2% compared to an increase of 7.3% last year.
JoS. A. Bank Clothiers announced that its total sales for December increased 12.1% to $102.1m, compared with $91.1m in December 2005. Same-store sales increased 1.4% for the month.
Mothers Work, a maternity apparel retailer, announced said that net sales for the month of December 2006 increased approximately 0.3% to approximately $55.6m, while same-store sales for the month decreased 0.3% versus a comparable store sales increase of 3.5% for December 2005.
Gottschalks announced that same-store sales for the month of December 2006 increased 2.1% from the prior year, and that total sales for the month increased 1.2% to $133.1m from $131.5m in December 2005.
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