Retailers’ Christmas Cheer Tempered by Fragility of Recovery

Christmas shopping on Regent Street, London | Source: Shutterstock

PARIS, France — Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.

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H&M Could Do More to Catch a Lift from Designer Collaborations

Isabel Marant for H&M launch | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Designer collaborations are helping Hennes & Mauritz rise above a reputation for cheap chic, but the world's second-biggest clothing retailer could do more to entrench that upmarket lift and defend its shrinking margins.

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H&M Sales Top Estimates on Favorable Weather, Isabel Marant Line

Doutzen Kroes, Christy Turlington, and Liu Wen star in H&M's Holiday 2013 campaign | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Hennes & Mauritz AB reported November sales that beat analysts’ estimates after favorable weather, calendar effects and a line designed by Isabel Marant boosted revenue at Europe’s second-biggest clothing retailer.

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