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COMMENT: The future of plus-size retailing Mudpie | 15 Feb 10

Plus-size is a bone of contention for many in the fashion industry. Away from the runways, however, it is emerging as an area of the market worthy of strong investment.

US: Boston Apparel opts for Dassault PLM solution | 1 Sep 09

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions provider Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced that the Boston Apparel Group has selected its Enovia V6 solution for business processes and delivery of new product lines.

FRANCE: PPR happy despite 2.6% Q1 sales decline | 22 Apr 09

French luxury goods group PPR expressed satisfaction despite a 2.6% decline in first quarter consolidated sales to EUR4.8bn (US$6.2bn), salvaged by the strong performance of international markets.

FRANCE: PPR full-year income edges up 0.1% | 19 Feb 09

French luxury goods firm PPR has posted a 0.1% rise in fiscal 2008 income as sales grew 6% despite declining customer demand.

FRANCE: PPR appoints Noir as Redcats boss | 11 Feb 09

French luxury goods business PPR Group has announced the appointment of Jean-Michel Noir as the new chairman and CEO of its Redcats Group susidiary. He will join Redcats by the beginning of April by the latest.

FRANCE: PPR Q3 sales up 1.7% thanks to Puma, Gucci | 24 Oct 08

French retail brands group PPR had sportswear label Puma and luxury goods company Gucci to thank for a 1.7% increase in third quarter sales to EUR4.9bn (US$6.2bn).

FRANCE: La Redoute restructuring to focus on online sales | 21 Oct 08

PPR Group subsidiary La Redoute is reorganising its business to focus on its online sales and plans to close 81 parcel order and pick-up points in France over the next four years.

FRANCE: Falque-Pierrotin to leave Redcats Group | 6 Oct 08

Thierry Falque-Pierrotin, the head of the Redcats home shopping business, is to leave at the end of the year to head electrical retailer Kesa Electricals.

FRANCE: Gucci buoys interim earnings at PPR | 29 Aug 08

French luxury goods operator PPR Group has posted first-half net income up 17% to EUR344m (US$506.4m), attributed to the improvement of group operating performance and tighter control over financial charges and tax rate.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 1 Aug 08

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

US: Redcats sells Missy unit to Monomoy | 29 Jul 08

Redcats USA has completed its strategic repositioning with the sale of its Missy division to private equity fund Monomoy Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum.

FRANCE: Strong PPR Q2 sales buoyed by Gucci | 24 Jul 08

French luxury goods group PPR reported sales of EUR4.7bn (US$7.4bn) during the second quarter, up 4.5%, thanks in part to a 16% increase in sales for its Gucci Group.

FRANCE: PPR Q1 revenues up 20% as Gucci sales slow | 24 Apr 08

Luxury goods firm PPR today (24 April) posted a 19.8% hike in first-quarter revenues to EUR4.9bn (US$7.7bn) but hinted at a slowdown in the luxury market amid what it described as “a challenging quarter” for the Gucci brand.

US: Wet Seal COO moves to United Retail Group | 27 Feb 08

The Wet Seal Inc’s chief operating officer Gary White is leaving the women’s wear retailer to take up a new role as CEO of United Retail Group Inc, a subsidiary of Redcats USA.

FRANCE: Gucci growth boosts PPR FY performance | 24 Jan 08

French luxury goods group PPR saw revenues grow 16% during 2007 on the back of strong performance from its brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent.

FRANCE: PPR Q3 sales soar 22% on strong Gucci growth | 6 Nov 07

Third quarter sales at French luxury goods group PPR have risen 21.9%, driven by strong demand for the upmarket brands in its Gucci stable and the contribution from German sportswear brand Puma which it acquired earlier this year.

US: Redcats completes United Retail tender offer | 1 Nov 07

Redcats USA has completed its all cash tender offer for United Retail Group, with 86% of the company's shares tendered so far and Recats expecting to acquire the remaining shares shortly.

US: Redcats secures 83.9% of United Retail's shares | 24 Oct 07

Online fashion retailer Redcats USA has secured around 12,048,000 shares of United Retail Group, giving it an 83.9% stake in the company.

US: Waiting period for United Retail buyout ends early | 2 Oct 07

The waiting period for the $193.6m takeover of plus-size women's apparel retailer United Retail Group by home shopping firm Redcats USA has been ended early, the two companies said yesterday (1 October).

US: United Retail Q2 profit slumps 56% | 12 Sep 07

United Retail Group Inc, which yesterday said it was being bought for $198.9m by Redcats Group, the home shopping arm of French luxury goods leader PPR, has posted a 56% slump in second quarter profit on soft consumer spending.

US: PPR's Redcats Group to buy United Retail for $199m | 11 Sep 07

Redcats Group, the home shopping arm of French luxury goods group PPR, is to buy United Retail Group Inc for $198.9m in a move that will give the company its first national retail store base in the US and shore up its position in the growing women's plus size apparel market.

FRANCE: PPR profit jumps 54%, buoyed by Puma revenue | 31 Aug 07

French luxury goods group PPR has posted a 53.5% jump in first half profit to EUR290m (US$396.2m), having successfully completed its takeover of German sportswear maker Puma.

FRANCE: PPR revenue rises 5.6% during second quarter | 26 Jul 07

French luxury goods retailer PPR has posted revenues of EUR9.2bn (US$12.6bn) in the first half of 2007, an increase of 5.6% on a comparable basis versus the first half of 2006.

FRANCE: PPR wins Puma takeover with 62% stake | 17 Jul 07

French luxury goods group PPR has become a majority owner of Puma, the German sporting goods company which it is trying to take over, after raising its stake to 62.1%.

FRANCE: PPR emerges with 33.2% Puma stake | 27 Jun 07

French luxury goods group PPR has secured a 33.2% stake in German sporting goods company Puma, which it is trying to take over.

FRANCE: Strong Gucci sales push PPR Q1 revenues up 5.6% | 27 Apr 07

Luxury fashion group PPR, which this month set out to buy German sportswear brand Puma, has reported a 5.6% rise in first quarter sales helped by strong growth in its Gucci brand.


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