Internet private sales, Couture endures, Neiman Marcus still down, Mass fashion retailers struggle

Private Sale

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Designer Bargains, for the Invited (WSJ)
“Online retail startups that specialize in “private sales” of discount designer apparel are gaining traction in the U.S. and, armed with fresh venture capital, plan to branch into new businesses.”

Couture houses refuse to tumble (Toronto Star)
“You can never be too rich, too thin or own too many couture items. High-end buyers continue to pop in to Paris for the shows.”

Neiman Marcus, Inc. Reports June Revenues (WSJ)
“In the five-week June period, comparable revenues in the Specialty Retail Stores segment, which includes Neiman Marcus Stores and Bergdorf Goodman, decreased 23.0 percent. The Company experienced weakness across all geographies and merchandise categories in the Specialty Retail Stores segment.”

Gap, Abercrombie June Sales Trail Analysts’ Estimates (Bloomberg)
Gap Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported June sales declines that were steeper than analysts estimated as a rise in U.S. unemployment and a drop in consumer confidence kept shoppers away from the malls.”

American Apparel June same-store sales drop 13 pct (MSN Money)
“Many merchants in June struggled to drum up sales amid continuing worries about the overall economy and jobs, but clothing retailers have been particularly hard hit as consumers cut back on discretionary spending.”