Port Squeeze Threatens US Retailers’ Holiday Plans

Warehouse terminal at the Port of Long Beach, California | Source: Reuters

A shortage of transportation equipment and possible labor disruptions at ​the Long Beach port complex is delaying shipping containers for up to three weeks, threatening timely delivery to retailers for the holiday season.

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American Eagle to Close Stores After Weak 1Q

American Eagle Outfitters Aerie Campaign | Source: American Eagle Outfitters

PITTSBURGH, United States — American Eagle Outfitters saw earnings tumble 86 percent in the first quarter on huge mark downs intended to generate foot traffic. The teen retailer said that it would close 150 stores over the next three years.

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Teens Flee Abercrombie for Upstarts as Phones Top Malls

Brandy Melville | Source: Brandy Melville

NEW YORK, United States — Teens don’t shop the way they used to. Where young consumers with spare cash once thronged the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. for clothing that telegraphed their identities, the new generation is poorer, shuns logos and socializes more on the Internet than at the mall.

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Berlin’s best, Fashioning free phones, Seeking China’s Lagerfeld, Gaultier’s treasure, Valentino in the black?

Marcel Ostertag Spring/Summer 2011 at BFW | Source: WSJ

La Mode Berlin (WSJ) “The city’s edgy, sexy vibe was evident on Wednesday as German designers kicked off Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which runs through Saturday. Getting on the world’s fashion map isn’t easy, but Berlin is trying.” American Eagle Promotes Apparel With Free Phones (WSJ) “Teen retailers in particular have struggled against gadget makers for control of younger buyers’

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Ittierre’s bankruptcy, January discounts, Phoebe Philo at Céline, American Eagle sues Citibank, Twitter trends

IT Holding’s Ittierre Unit to File for Bankruptcy (Bloomberg) Ittierre, the parent company of Malo and Ferré files for Bankruptcy Discounting drives January sales (Drapers) In the UK, deep discounts drove January sales but clothing sales dropped to its lowest rate. Phoebe Philo is redefining soul of Céline (IHT) With Phoebe Philo at the helm, “the focus is to redefine the soul of Céline, which started out as a

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