Retail

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    Geox says raw material prices to hit margins

    Italian shoemaker Geox warned on Friday that higher raw material prices and negative currency trends would hit margins in the first half of 2011 and predicted a fall in 2010 results,...

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    Amazon.com to buy owner of Diapers.com, others

    Amazon.com plans to buy the owner of online shopping sites Diapers.com and Soap.com for $500 million, the world's largest online retailer said on Monday, as it aims to sell more household...

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    Japan's Rakuten e-retailer books larger sales

    Japan's top online Rakuten on Tuesday reported an increase in net sales for the nine months to September as it continues a global expansion of its e-commerce business. Sales rose to...

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    M&S's new CEO lifts investment

    Marks & Spencer Plc said it plans to ramp up investment in its core UK business, online and overseas as new boss Marc Bolland set out his growth plans beside a 17 percent rise in...

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    Cotton price increase will hit Primark margins

    Primark owner Associated British Foods warned the sharp hike in cotton prices will hit margins at its discount fashion chain as it beat forecasts with a 25 percent rise in full-year...

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    LVMH attacks Google ads rules

    Associations representing major French companies accused US Internet giant Google on Monday of overstepping the mark by putting brand names up for auction as search keywords.

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    Gap experienced a positive October

    The Gap group records good results, both for the end of its annual quarter and for the end of the month. Old Navy North America is the only exception where growth was limited.

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    Mapic launches The Mapic Lab

    The International market for retail real estate gets innovative for professionals. The Mapic trade show 2010 will include a lab exhibiting the latest consumer trends.

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    ASOS sales up 56%, won't raise prices

    British online fashion retailer ASOS said its shoppers will not face the price rises other firms have warned are on the way in 2011 as it posted a 59 percent rise in first-half profit.

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    Safilo trims loss on U.S, Europe rebound

    Safilo, Italy's No.2 high-end eyewear maker behind Luxottica, slashed net loss in the third quarter, helped by a rebound in demand for sunglasses in key U.S. and Europe markets.