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       September 15,  2003                                  Issue #105


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Major department store group Debenhams on Tuesday posted a 3.9 per cent rise in second half same-store sales on the back of strong demand for its women's fashions. 
The London-based operator of more than 100 stores said total sales for the six months ended August 30 climbed 7.7 per cent despite the summer heatwave, with gross margin for the period up 0.7 percentage points.

Chico's Same-Store Sales Surge, Names New CEO 
Women's clothing retailer Chico's FAS Inc on Wednesday posted a 19.4 per cent jump in August same-store sales and promoted president and COO Scott Edmonds to CEO.
The Florida-based operator of nearly 420 stores said total sales for the four weeks ended August 30 climbed 42.6 per cent to $56.3 million from $39.5m in the year-ago period.

 Target's August Sales Up 12%, Sees Sept Growth 
Major retailer Target Corp on Thursday posted a better-than-expected 5.7 per cent rise in August same-store sales and said it sees a similar increase in September same-store sales at its namesake discount stores.
The operator of more than 1,500 stores said total sales for the four weeks ended August 30 rose 12.4 per cent to $3.632bn from $3.231bn last year.
"Sales at Target Corp were above plan in August, driven by well- above-plan sales at Target Stores," said Bob Ulrich, chairman and CEO.

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 British model Penny Lancaster takes part in her Ultimo Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer 2004 lingerie fashion show, at The Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland, August 30, 2003. Lancaster, the face and body of Ultimo, made her return to the catwalk on Saturday with her boyfriend, British musician Rod Stewart in attendance.

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 An Indian model poses during the launch of a new brand of lingerie,
in Bombay September 4, 2003. Indian lingerie brands are competing 
with bigger international names for a slice of the country's growing 
middle class market by keeping prices lower.

A model displays lingerie during a fashion show in Bombay, India, 
Sept. 4, 2003. The lingerie Enamor is a joint venture by 
Gokaldas Images Ltd. and French lingerie company Barbara.

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       New York Fashion week
NEW York Fashion Week returned with a bang to Bryant Park yesterday as designers debuted their spring/summer 2004 collections. 
Kenneth Cole kicked off the eight-day week of shows with a strong collection of sexy, wearable clothes and accessories - his specialty. 
There were canvas pea coats and pencil skirts, super silk shirt dresses and high-heeled silver mesh shoes with Velcro closures, along with flashier gear like satin short-shorts and rhinestone-covered tube tops. 
Cole's show doubled as a 20th anniversary celebration for his company 
Among the celebrities there to toast his success were Illeana Douglas, "Sopranos" star Edie Falco, her boyfriend Stanley Tucci and Mr. Sundance Kid himself - Robert Redford.


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               Beware of Barbie????
 WASHINGTON: The Saudi religious police are harassing Barbie. 
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is warning that the "Jewish" dolls - banned in Saudi Arabia for a decade - are a threat to Islam.
The Associated Press reported that a message posted on the religious police's Web site chided: "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful."
This, from a hypocritical desert kingdom with more lingerie stores in its malls than Victoria has secrets.
It's probably useless to start correcting the Saudis on facts, but just for the record, Barbie was a knockoff of a German floozy doll.

August Same-Store Sales Results Round-Up 
Goody's Family Clothing Inc reported flat same-store sales for last month and added total sales at its 332 stores for the four weeks to August 30 edged up 0.6 per cent..
Mothers Work Inc posted a 1.7 per cent slide in same-store sales for last month. .
United Retail Group Inc, posted an eight per cent rise in same-store sales. 
AnnTaylor Stores Corp said it enjoyed an 8.2 per cent rise in August same-store sales. 
Bluefly Inc The online retailer reported a 26 per cent jump in August sales to $3m from $2.4m last year.
Deb Shops Inc posted a 15.1 per cent slide in same-store sales for the four weeks ended August 31.
Charming Shoppes Inc announced a six per cent fall in August same-store sales.
Bebe Stores Inc enjoyed a 7.9 per cent climb in August same-store sales. 
Victoria's Secret, Limited Brands, reported a two per cent slip in same-store sales for the four weeks ended August 31. 
Cache Inc enjoyed a five per cent climb in same-store sales for the four weeks to August 23. 
Nordstrom Inc revealed same-store sales for the four weeks to August 30 rose 3.2 per cent. 
Abercrombie & Fitch reported an 11 per cent jump in August same-store sales. 
Neiman Marcus Group Inc posted a 7.1 per cent rise in August same-store sales. 
Sears, Roebuck and Co on Thursday announced a better-than-expected 3.9 per cent rise in same-store sales for last month. 
May Department Stores Co, whose chains include Lord & Taylor and Filene's, said its same-store sales fell 3.2 per cent last month will total sales for the four weeks to August 30 up 1.1 per cent year-on-year to $953.8m.
JC Penney Co said same-store sales at its department stores rose 6.5 per cent last month
Kohl's Corp posted a 3.2 per cent rise in August same-store sales with the Wisconsin-based company saying total sales rose 15.8 per cent year-on-year to $773.5m.
Saks Inc said its same-store sales edged up 0.8 per cent last month and added total sales at its 300-plus stores rose 1.8 per cent year-on-year to $401.6m.
Federated Department Stores Inc, whose banners include Macy's and Bloomingdale's, posted a 0.8 per cent dip in August same-store sales.

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings currently on display. "I've got good news and bad news," the owner replied. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all fifteen of your paintings."
"That's wonderful!" the artist exclaimed, "What's the bad news?". With concern, the gallery owner replied, "The guy was your doctor."

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