Designers at Milan menswear fashion week opted for comfortable and practical chic for next winter, preferring to tread a sensible path away from sharp suits and flash to woo buyers hit by the credit crunch.
Shop 'till you drop it's not, but U.S. women are finally starting to buy clothes again. Even before the U.S. economy headed south over a year ago, many U.S. women had eschewed clothing purchases for themselves.
Footwear maker Deckers Outdoor Corp posted a surprise second-quarter profit, helped by cost controls, but forecast a weak fourth quarter, when sales of its trademark sheepskin boots are traditionally strongest.
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.