Retailers’ Christmas Cheer Tempered by Fragility of Recovery

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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Has Zara Reached Saturation Point? Far From It, Investors Bet

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — The world's largest fashion retailer, Inditex, shows no sign of stalling and investors are betting that its Zara "fast fashion" model has plenty of room to expand in emerging markets by appealing to the growing ranks of brand-conscious middle classes.

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Inditex First-Half Profit Beats Estimates as Sales Increase

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — Inditex SA, the Spanish owner of the Zara and Massimo Dutti chains, reported a 0.7 percent increase in first-half profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the retailer expanded by opening 95 stores in 40 markets.

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H&M Adds Retro Hunting Gear to Beckham Wear to Snare Men

David Beckham for H&M | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Your grandfather called them his longjohns. At Hennes & Mauritz AB these days, they’re trousers. The Swedish retailer, which typically takes inspiration from the catwalk, today is introducing a new menswear line that pays homage to the company’s history. H&M dusted off material from Mauritz Widforss, one of its two predecessor companies, to create the “Mauritz Archive,” a collection that includes $39.95 long

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Retailers Plan Bangladesh Factory Inspections Under Safety Pact

Inside a Bangladeshi garment factory | Source: Reuters

ZURICH, Switzerland — A group of mainly European retailers has finalized a plan to conduct coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people in April.

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Chinese Malls Waive Rents as Vacancies of 30 Percent Loom

TaiKoo Hui Mall, Guangzhou, China | Source: Shutterstock

BEIJING, China —Chinese landlords are forgoing rent and paying to outfit stores for mass-market fashion brands including Zara and H&M, a bid to blunt the impact of a boom in shopping-mall construction that threatens to push up vacancies.

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