Opinion on Clothing, Footwear, Accessories and Luxury Goods in North America

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Nike dragging its heels in 'lifestyle' trend?

The Financial Times has reflected on Nike's apparent lag in joining the newest trend for "low-profile" or "lifestyle" shoes. The understated style is currently the biggest trend in the European shoe industry and while Nike is starting to take notice and play catch up with other leading brands, analysts believe the manufacturer may need to quicken its pace to keep its brand name fresh.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2006
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TopShop: an international trendsetter

Rumor has it that Sir Philip Green has been site shopping in New York to launch the TopShop brand into the US market and the store could be opened as early as next spring. This smart but risky venture provides an opportunity for TopShop to establish its trend setting brand globally.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2006
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Liz Claiborne: expansion must be built on a solid brand foundation

Liz Claiborne's plan to increase expansion in the UK and European markets is a necessary strategy for the clothing retailer. However, it won't be an easy ride and the company will have to focus on selecting a range of complementary brands to achieve its goals.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2006
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Gap: going back to its roots

Despite the hot weather, July sales at many US retailers rose more than analysts anticipated. An exception was Gap, which posted a 4% decline in like-for-like sales, worse than Wall Street's forecast for a 3.8% decline. The struggling retailer warned that second-quarter profits will be well below analysts' forecasts.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Aug 2006
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American Eagle Outfitters: adapting trends for its casual teen market

American Eagle Outfitters' August performance stands out above its competition. It posted like-for-like sales growth of 11.0%, outperforming main rivals Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (+6.0%), Gap Inc (-7.0%) and Aeropostale Inc. (+3.3%). Its ability to adapt to emerging trends from its core audience looks set to keep it ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2006
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Tiffany & Co: losing its sparkle in Japan

Despite the fall in operating profit, Tiffany's results are solid given the general conditions of the US economic environment. It achieved a 9% rise in sales for the quarter ending July 31, showing the strength of the brand - but Japan remains a problem it has yet to solve.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2006
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Payless ShoeSource: designer tie-up

Payless' recent tie-up with fashion designer Laura Poretzky to create the Abaete for Payless collection is its first-ever designer footwear line. This alliance is set to further its fashionability while maintaining its value stance, as well as generating a high level of positive publicity for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2006
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Levi Strauss: leaving its Signature behind

Opportunities remain in the European discount sector, but San Francisco-based apparel company Levi Strauss needs to be able to offer something more exciting than retailers' own-brand labels in order to attract both merchants and consumers. However, with market share declining for its core lines, this might be a battle best left behind.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Sep 2006
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Gap: a new brand concept

Gap Inc, the San Francisco-based retailer, is responding to demand to clothe customers from 'head to toe' by launching a footwear concept. Piperlime is an abrupt departure from Gap's usual retail format but may provide a safe route to growth bearing in mind the instability of Gap's own brand.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Oct 2006
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Gap Inc: new president for Old Navy

Gap Inc has announced that Dawn Robertson will join the company as president of Old Navy, one of its four retail brands. The company has stressed her extensive and long experience in apparel retail, which she will need to improve Old Navy's performance as well as meeting corporate demands.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2006

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