Last week Haider Lefta took the boards off his shop renting out musical instruments and session bands for parties, and dusted off a wooden "oud" -- the traditional Arabic lute central to much Iraqi music.
Shares in fashion brand Burberry Group gained almost 4 percent on Wednesday as traders cited market talk of a possible bid from U.S. handbag maker Coach . Burberry was not immediately available for comment.
Italian casual clothing brand Diesel on Monday April 21th unveiled a new flagship store in Tokyo, its biggest in Asia, setting its sights on hip baby boomers and ageing fashionistas amid a shrinking youth market.
Major department store chains reported lower February same-store sales on Thursday as consumers spent less on home goods and women's apparel in the weaker U.S. economy. J.C. Penney Co Inc reported a 6.