* Month-long mediation effort fizzles * Macy's claims has exclusive right to sell some items * Part of fight centers on champagne flutes NEW YORK, April 8 (Reuters) - Macy's Inc and J.C. Penney Co Inc were back in court on Monday in their fight over M...
NEW YORK, United States -- Macy’s Inc., the second-largest U.S. department-store chain, rose in early trading after forecasting annual profit that surpassed analysts’ estimates amid a surge in online sales. The shares advanced 4.2 percent to $40.15 at 8:37 a.m. in New York, after rising to $40.40. Earnings per share for fiscal 2013 will advance to as much as $3.95, the Cincinnati-based retailer said in a statement today. Analysts projected $3.84, the average of 18 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren has focused on tailoring merchandise to suit local tastes and benefited from exclusive Tommy Hilfiger, Sean John and Madonna products. Fourth-quarter revenue climbed 7.2 percent to $9.35 billion while online sales soared 48 percent, Macy’s said today.…
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Fashion’s Most Angry Fella (Vanity Fair) “When John Fairchild, the tyrannical, mischievous editor in chief of Women’s Wear Daily and founder of W magazine, stepped down from his Fairchild Publications throne, in 1997, it was supposed to be a clean break. Fifteen years later, at the age of 85, the onetime terror of the fashion industry is still stirring the pot.” Toronto Fashion Week sold to IMG, Robin Kay steps down
Jil Sander Gets Her Groove Back (On the Runway) “‘Don’t ask me why,’’ Jil Sander said with a laugh on Tuesday, when asked why she had decided, at age 68, to leave a comfortable retirement and return to the fashion fray.” Refinery29 Launching R29 Shop (WWD) “Up until now, Refinery29’s business model has relied heavily upon advertising to drive revenue, with approximately 80 percent of it coming from ads
Francisco Costa (Interview) “For the last nine years, or 18 seasons, as women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection, 47-year-old Francisco Costa has simultaneously managed to preserve one of the most iconic brands in fashion—one that has proven to the world that Americans can be spare, chic, and sexy right alongside their European counterparts.” Macy’s maintains outlook, disappointing Street
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The Prince of Polo (Fast Company) “By associating Ralph Lauren with new digital technology, David has done more than imbue the brand with a current vibe. He has, in the process, made the company a progressive leader among fashion peers. In 2009, David produced an online-only fashion show for Ralph Lauren’s heritage Rugby brand that, for the first time ever, allowed viewers to shop the looks in real time.” Red Faces at Louboutin?
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