Based on a survey of 11,000 retailers, the DOC reported that U.S. online
retail sales dropped 11.9 percent in the first three months of 2002,
from US$11.178 billion to $9.849 billion. However, sales during the
period were 19.3 percent higher than the $8.256 billion recorded in last
year's first quarter.
The dip in online sales during the first quarter was likely due to a
post-holiday stretch. The DOC's figures were not adjusted to account for
seasonal factors. for
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France's largest lingerie show
Last weekend the Parc des Expositions played host to the fall-winter lingerie collections at the Salon International de la Lingerie 2002.
The largest lingerie tradeshow in France (with over 450 brands participating) boasted some sizzling newcomers.
London-based brand, 6ixty-8ight, stood out from the crowd at the three-day event. The collection, shown in their boudoire-ish booth, had three themes: "Relaxing Time," "Working Time," and "After Hours."
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Miss China Ling Zhuo smiles as she as she walks across the stage during
the swimsuit portion of the 2002 Miss Universe competition in San Juan,
Puerto Rico in this May 29, 2002 file photo. Zhuo, who finished third in
the Miss Universe pageant, has sparked an internet debate on whether she
really is a classic beauty and also prompted controversy by appearing in
a skimpy bikini that some people said looked more like underwear
A National Body Survey
Up to 12,000 people across the US are to have their body measurements
scanned by the latest 3D technology as part of a national sizing survey
that will give the apparel industry valuable information about the
country's population. The nationwide survey, which is expected to start
in July, will see several giant bodyscanners, like those used in Brooks'
Brothers' flagship Manhattan store, taken around the country to scan the
measurements of willing participants
Gap, Inc. Reported same-store sales down nine percent last month, the company's 26th straight month of declining sales. In May 2001, sales in stores open at least a year fell 10 percent.
The San Francisco-based company, whose shares fell last month when its CEO announced he would step down as soon as a replacement is named, said total sales for the four weeks ended June 1 were $995 million, down two percent from $1 billion in the same period last year. Gap, Inc. operates nine percent more stores than it did at the same time last year.
J.Crew Group, which has also had its share of slumping sales and departing CEOs lately, said
that same-store sales in May fell 10.8 percent. Net sales for its online and catalog division rose one percent. J.Crew's revenues for the four weeks ended June 1 were up slightly, to $56.6 million, compared to an even $56 million during the same period last year.
Abercrombie & Fitch's comparable store sales fell nine percent in May. Its net sales increased though, to $85.2 million compared to $73.8 million during the same period last year.
Ann Taylor's same-store sales decreased 5.2 percent for the four weeks ended June 2, compared to a decrease of 9.6 percent in the same period last year. Total net sales were up 5.5 percent, to $115.3 million.
Limited Brands Inc. fared a bit better than the rest, reporting
that its same-store sales for May rose five percent, and total sales rose eight percent, to $671.2 million.
On the discount front, Target saw a same-store sales boost of 2.6 percent and Wal-Mart reported a 6.2 percent increase in sales at stores open at least a year. While Target's results were slightly below expectation, Wal-Mart came in ahead of analysts' predictions, up 3.3 percent from April.
The May, 2002 retail sales
numbers are out. Every traditional American department store with the
exception of Nordstrom's showed negative comp store sales. Was it the
unseasonably cool weather or are consumers voting with their dollars?
Probably both. Department stores are trying hard to reinvent themselves
- they need to. The last thing we need is another vanilla department
store. It seems that they have yet to find the right formula
...from Where it's @ by Bill Clark
1/3 LINGERIE AMERICAS, THE FIRST
LINGERIE AND SWIMWEAR TRADE SHOW OF THIS
CALIBER EVER HELD IN NORTH AMERICA.
A meeting of the most
prestigious brands in the worldů
US Power Brands such as Donna Karan
Intimates and Calvin Klein Intimates.
European Designer Brands such as Nina
Ricci, Chloe, Roberto Cavali, Valentino.
New American Designers brands such as
Khurana , Araks, Arlotta
Key European professionals such as Chantelle,
Marie Jo, Argentovivo, Aubade, Simone Perele, Eres, Millesia , Lise
Charmel, Huit, Princess Tam Tam, Wolford, Fogal, Rigby &
Peller,Fantasie, Foot Prints, Freya
New comers to the market such as Elle
MacPherson Intimates, 6ixty 8ight, Ibicci from Italy , In2 from Columbia
American success stories such as Cosabella ,
Hanky Panky, Lady Marlene , Nap, Goddess, La Cosa.
Canadian dynamic and creative companies such
as Eve Grenier, Kenan, Arianne Lingerie , Change , Conrad , Phantom,ů.
Immerse yourself in the sophisticated ambiance of
the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building on August 4, 5, 6 2002 and
meet the lingerie experts of this world, the creative teams behind the
A Lesson in Church
A man and his wife were sitting in church, the man was sleeping and his wife was knitting. The priest asked "Who created the Earth and man?" The woman poked the man with her knitting needle and the man screamed, "GOD!" The Priest looked at him and said, "That's right."
Then he asked "Who is God's son?" Once more the woman poked her husband with the needle, he woke up and screamed, "Jesus Christ!" Again, the priest said, "Correct."
Finally, the priest asked, "What did Eve say to Adam when she didn't want any more children?" The knitter poked her husband again, but this time he screamed "Poke me with that thing one more time and I'm going to rip it off!" The priest smiled and said, "That's right."
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