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October 15, 2003
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Nazi-Themed Apparel Back On Sale
A fashion retailer forced to withdraw a range of Nazi-themed apparel amid a wave of complaints was on Monday reported to have relaunched the controversial clothing with anti-war messages.
The firm, which takes the Internet-style monicker izzue.com, took the original fashions off the shelves in August after protests from furious Israeli and German diplomats in the territory.
It also took down a range of store decorations at its 14 outlets which included banners featuring swastikas and flags, but has now relaunched the apparel in an attempt to recoup some of its investment, the South China Monring Post reported.
The paper printed a picture of a T-shirt with the word "Nazism" printed on the front crossed out with a black line, while a swastikas on other shirts were partly rubbed out by a "No War" message, it added.
Thursday said its sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 4 increased 3
percent from last year on both a total and a same-store
basis, which generally refers to stores open at least a year.
Shinobu Ikehata, newly crowned campaign girl for lingerie
maker Triumph International Japan Ltd, poses in the company's main autumn
product, 'tenshi no bra' (angel's bra) priced at 5,000 yen (about $45),
and matching shorts, available for 1,900 yen ($17) at a 'Triumph Angel'
campaign promotion girl contest in Tokyo October 3, 2003
Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co
revealed its fiscal third-quarter net income nearly doubled, boosted by strong sales in Asia, the introduction of the
lower-priced Signature brand in Wal-Mart Stores, and lower marketing and administrative expenses.
Wal-Mart Rolls Out Curvation Intimate Apparel
Following its successful launch in the US earlier this year, the world’s largest retailer Wal-Mart is rolling out its Curvation lingerie line at 187 stores across Canada.
Designed in conjunction with VF Intimates for women over a size 12, the range combines support and comfort with “beautiful styling to enhance curves.”
Products include the Uplift, Side Shaper, Back Smoother and Minimizer bras (retail price: $19.96) and Tummy Smoother panty (retail price: $8.96). Available for curvaceous women ranging from 36C to 42DD, the bras have a leotard back style and adjustable comfort straps that comfortably stay in place.
"Curvation was created for the countless curvaceous women who told us that they couldn't find intimate apparel that was both beautiful and functional," says Anne Jardine, vice president and general manager, VF Intimates.
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"These women were frustrated at only being able to find functional products that were not beautiful or beautiful products that lacked the support and comfort they require.”
The intimate apparel brand achieved “unprecedented” first quarter sales following its launch in the United States in February 2003.
"In a nation where the average woman wears a size 14 and 41 per cent of women are over size 12, there is clearly a need for intimate apparel that fits her needs," said Sue Baker, divisional merchandise manager for ladies hosiery and intimate apparel at Wal-Mart Canada.
The apparel market for curvaceous women is growing five per cent annually, compared to a 1.4 per cent growth for the total women's apparel market.
Guess Enjoys Sharp Rise In Sept, Q3 Sales
Lifestyle apparel group Guess Inc on Thursday posted a 13.5 per cent climb in September same-store sales.
The California-based company said total sales for the four weeks ended September 27 jumped 21.5 per cent to $32.2 million from $26.5m in the same period of last year.
It added total retail sales for the third quarter soared 20.5 per cent to $114.2m from $94.8m with quarterly same-store sales up 13.2 per cent year-on-year.
Czech Republic's supermodel Eva Herzigova wears a leather
corset with jeans at the Dsquared2 Spring/Summer 2004 fashion collection,
presented in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003.
Sept Sales Fall 7.4% At Debs Shops To $22.3m
Specialty retailer of apparel, shoes and accessories for juniors, Deb Shops Inc, on Thursday posted a 10.6 per cent slump in September same-store sales.
The Philadelphia-based operator of 375 stores said total sales for the month ended September 30 fell 7.4 per cent to $22.3 million from $24.1m last year.
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Same-store sales at the Victoria's
Secret lingerie chain rose 4 percent, driven by strong bra
sales, the company said. Merchandise margins in this division improved.
Christopher & Banks' Sept Sales
Climb 21% To $30.2m
Fashion retailer Christopher & Banks Corp on Wednesday posted a three per cent rise in September same-store sales.
The Minneapolis-based company added total sales for the four weeks ended September 27 jumped 21 per cent to $30.2 million from $24.9m in the year-ago period.
It added sales for the seven months to September 27 also rose 21 per cent as it was boosted by a larger store base.
A two-decade long shift in production to around 500 contractors in 50 countries came to an inevitable conclusion last week when iconic US jeans maker
Levi Strauss & Co revealed plans to shutter its last North
The closure of its manufacturing and finishing facilities in the US and Canada will leave nearly 2,000 employees out of work and paves the way for the 150-year-old company to refocus its resources on product design and development, sales and marketing.
Union leaders describe the plant closings as "yet another indictment of a failed trade policy that is destroying entire industries and communities as companies scour the globe for the cheapest, most vulnerable labour they can find."
IS THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?
A man and his wife went to bed one night and the man was getting very frisky and asked his wife if she was in the mood. His wife answered, "Not tonight dear I have a headache."
The man replied, "Is that your final answer"? She said, "Yes."
...He said. "Ok, then, I'd like to phone a friend."
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