MILAN (Reuters Life!) - They have both stripped down separately for the Emporio Armani underwear advertising campaign, but soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are now posing together for the doyen of Italian fashion.
As the male fashion spotlight readies to shift from Milan to Paris this week, the question on all lips is whether the world's economic doldrums will dampen the usual exuberance of the twice-yearly men's shows.
Alliance Boots, Britain's biggest pharmacy chain, saw a 3 percent rise in underlying sales at British shops in December, driven by demand for Christmas gifts, electrical beauty products and toiletries.
South African clothing retailer Foschini Ltd posted an 8.7 percent rise in third-quarter revenue on Friday, in line with expectations, thanks to new stores and a relatively buoyant Christmas. The company said sales rose 9.
A trading update from Wm Morrison next week is likely to see the supermarket emerge as one of the winners of the Christmas period, while one from Kesa Electricals is expected to place it firmly in the losers' camp. On Thursday, Morrison (MRW.
Underwear maker Maidenform Brands Inc (MFB.N) said it would cut about 9 percent of its workforce and forecast lower-than-expected 2008 results, hurt by global economic slowdown and costs associated with restructuring.