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Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works and Others Leaks Black Friday 2012

 

Black Friday 2012 is still a little over a month away but several retailers have already fired their opening strikes. Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, Fred's, Harbor Freight, and Tommy Hilfiger are some of the retailers have leaked teasers of their ads on blackfriday.fm. Previews from other retailers such as Half Price Books may indicate some stores will repeat their Black Friday practices from last year.

Stetson, the iconic American brand, announces the much-anticipated launch of its first-ever online store, www.stetson.com, which will begin full-service e-commerce efforts in October 2012. The site will provide consumers with a comprehensive shop that will offer all products under the Stetson brand, including hats, footwear, apparel, accessories, eyewear, home goods, and fragrance.

The New Store Houses the Largest Collection of Brian Atwood Product in the World

Brian Atwood, a division of The Jones Group Inc. (NYSE: JNY), announces the opening of its first flagship store at 655 Madison Avenue, at East 60th Street, in New York City. The store, designed by William Sofield of Studio Sofield, in collaboration with designer Brian Atwood, spans 1500 square feet of retail space and houses the largest selection of Brian Atwood product in the world.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. yesterday reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 28, 2012.

Ascena’s financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 28, 2012 reflect its acquisition of Charming Shoppes, Inc. (“Charming”) on June 14, 2012 (the “Charming Acquisition”). Accordingly, operating results for those periods are not comparable to the prior year. In order to enhance comparability, adjusted results that exclude the effect of the Charming Acquisition have been presented to supplement the reported results for all periods of Fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2011 is presented on a GAAP basis. Reference should be made to Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this release for a reconciliation of adjusted, non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

September 17, 2012 -- Penn Yan, NY, USA -- Sassy Scrubs, a manufacturer of custom made nursing uniforms scrubs and online retailer, based in the United States, reports a seven percent increase in their second quarter sales due to the design and release of their new Sweetheart Color Rave Scrub Tops. This unique scrub top design offers yet another variation to their custom made medical scrubs made just for women. Joining their Mock Wrap scrub top, this newest shirt offering presents specific feminine styling. “Our patrons have definitely responded to this style and choose pretty, flattering prints with coordinating solid trim to make this top fit well into their scrubs wardrobe", explains Sassy Scrubs President, Karen Bradley. Since each of the company’s scrubs are built by the customer and then custom made for each buyer, this top allows the Sassy Scrubs shopper to select all the options they desire when designing their own scrubs garment. The Sweetheart Color Rave Scrub Top offers options beyond the normal size and length options. Customers can also select from hundreds of fabrics, including cotton prints and solids, to flannels and linen fabrics, when choosing the material for the main body of this newest scrub top design. The customer then selects from 14 different solid trim colors, which are then incorporated into the scrub design for the slimming side panels, neckline, fashionable front patch pocket trim, and the specially designed peekaboo sleeve bands. These sleeve bands can be left rolled down for just a hint of the contrasting trim color, or rolled up for a surprise splash of color. Company President Bradley remarks “Our customers love options and the feedback we’ve received from our customers has let us know that they have enjoyed designing this particular scrub garment, due to the delightful trim features." The Sweetheart Color Rave Scrub Top also employs a comfortable elastic band at the center back, which brings about a tapered waist and a more feminine fit. The elastic band allows movement while still allowing a more streamlined look for the scrubs wearer. With the success of this second scrub top featuring a strictly feminine fit, the company is investigating more styles to offer its female customers. “Not everyone enjoys the unisex look" declares Bradley, “so we are considering adding further ladies styles to our line of custom made scrubs garments." To view the new Sweetheart Color Rave Scrub Tops at Sassy Scrubs, along with their full line of Custom Medical Scrubs, which are sewn in the United States, visit them online at SassyScrubs dot com. Press Contact: Karen Bradley Sassy Scrubs One Keuka Business Park Penn Yan, NY 14527 315-531-8013 [email protected] SassyScrubs.com About Sassy Scrubs Sassy Scrubs is located in a small rural town, where each piece ordered is carefully cut and sewn after a customer “Builds their own scrubs" online. Each seamstress “owns" every garment they produce. The seamstresses care about their workmanship, and their quality shows in each piece produced. Sassy Scrubs was the first company to offer print designs in scrub wear and the first to offer cotton as a fabric choice for scrubs. The company also saw the need for a broader size base, including maternity scrubs and plus sized medical uniforms, with sizes ranging from XXX-Small to 9X-Large; all available as Petite or Tall scrubs. They have recently added two new, “feminine" scrub top products to their line of custom scrubs. The Mock Wrap top has a distinct ‘Asian’ styling, and the Sweetheart Color Rave top features contrasting colors and an elastic back waist to give a more fitted look to the typically ‘unisex’ scrub styles most people know.

K&G Fashion Superstore and Blair Underwood, accomplished actor and Broadway performer, have announced a partnership wherein he will represent the retail chain as its spokesperson. The partnership was recently confirmed with plans to launch a local broadcast advertising campaign featuring Underwood on August 20.

Michael Archbold Appointed CEO and CFO, Lizanne Kindler Named President and Michele Mandell Named Chief Operating Officer

Sycamore Partners today announced that TLB Merger Sub Inc. (an affiliate of Sycamore Partners) has completed its acquisition of The Talbots, Inc., following the previously announced completion of its tender offer on August 3, 2012.  The transaction is valued at approximately $391 million, including net debt.

Ross Stores, Inc. today reported that sales increased 12% to $709 million for the four weeks ended July 28, 2012, up from $635 million for the four weeks ended July 30, 2011. Comparable store sales for the month grew 7% on top of a 7% increase last year.

If you are a woman who lives for the beach, salt, surf and sand, there is now an online boutique catering to your specific needs. From beach fashion to handmade accessories, Beach Wahine offers something for everyone. What is a wahine? In Hawaii, this word refers to women, a young girl, or more informally a surfer girl, hence the name. Beach Wahine focuses on featuring local and talented designers from the Hawaiian Islands, creating a modern-day beach-inspired shop.

rom pencils and backpacks to clothing and computers, thousands of online and in-store coupons are available to help consumers save money on back-to-school supplies

RetailMeNot, one of the largest online coupon site in the United States, today announced the launch of its massive Back-to-School savings promotion.

Mood Media, parent company of Muzak and DMX and the world's leading in-store media solutions provider, today announced that it will further expand its presence in the Chinese market through a new agreement with Esprit. Starting in July, Mood Media will provide Esprit stores in Mainland China with a custom music program, via its IP based media player.

This is the latest expansion for Mood Media who creates sensorial experiences by integrating music, visual and scent media to drive point-of-purchase sales for customers in 40 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Full Nationwide Rollout Instantly Activated Via a First-time Execution with Mood Media

shopkick, the largest location-based shopping app that rewards shoppers for walking into stores and interacting with products, and Macy's (NYSE: M), one of the nation's premier retailers – and shopkick's inaugural partner, today announce a full national rollout of the application. Beginning today, customers can earn rewards, in shopkick's cross-retail currency of "kicks", just for walking in to more than 800 Macy's stores nationwide, and instantly receive exciting exclusive deals and offers.

La Perla, the Italian luxury brand, announces the opening of its newest boutique at the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops.  

The boutique will house the entire La Perla corsetry collection, and La Perla Mare swimwear year-round to cater to the Bal Harbour clientele.  Additionally, the new location will feature exclusive pieces from La Perla, as well as the Jean Paul Gaultier Collection Createur.

Cato Reports June Same-store Sales Down 10 Percent

The Cato Corporation (NYSE: CATO) today reported sales of $83.7 million for the five weeks ended June 30, 2012, a 7% decrease from sales of $90.4 million for the five weeks ended July 2, 2011.  Same-store sales for the five-week period decreased 10%.

Sales for the twenty-two weeks ended June 30, 2012 were $440.8 million, flat to sales of $442.0 million for the twenty-two weeks ended July 2, 2011.  The Company's year-to-date same-store sales decreased 3%.

"June same-store sales were below expectations," commented John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.  "Year-to-date same-store sales results have been volatile, driven in part by various economic and political uncertainties as well as unseasonable weather.   We believe it is likely this volatility will continue and we remain cautious as we look toward the second half of the year.  We now expect second quarter earnings per diluted share will be at the low end of our original guidance range of $.53 to $.57, a decrease of 13% to 7% compared to $.61 last year."

During the month of June, the Company opened stores in Houston and San Antonio, TX, relocated a store in Bastrop, LA and closed one store.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company operated 1,295 stores in 31 states, compared to 1,286 stores in 31 states as of July 2, 2011.

The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced fashion apparel and accessories operating three concepts, "Cato", "Versona" and "It's Fashion".  The Company's Cato stores offer exclusive merchandise with fashion and quality comparable to mall specialty stores at low prices every day.  Versona is a unique fashion destination offering accessories and apparel including jewelry, handbags and shoes at exceptional prices every day.  It's Fashion offers fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles for the entire family at low prices every day.  Additional information on The Cato Corporation is available at www.catocorp.com.  

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Nordstrom, Inc. has finalized an agreement with Extell Development Company to build Nordstrom's first full-line store in New York City. This new flagship store will open along Manhattan's bustling 57th Street corridor at 225 West 57th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, in the Columbus Circle area of Manhattan. The 285,000 square-foot store is expected to open in 2018.

VERSION ALLOWS SHOPPERS TO SEE WHAT PRODUCTS ARE TRENDING AT NEARBY FASHION RETAILERS AND AROUND THE WORLD

Snapette, the first location-based shopping application, announces a major update to its app for iPhone and iPod touch that adds new features and a refreshed user interface to help shoppers virtually browse nearby stores while helping brands and retailers reach consumers and drive foot traffic. Snapette now lets shoppers see what products are trending both around the corner and around the world. Also, product categories – previously limited to just shoes and bags – have now expanded to include clothes, jewelry and other accessories. Snapette users can browse by brand, store, location and trend. 

Company aims to collect 110,000 professional clothing items for Americans re-entering the workforce

This July, Men’s Wearhouse will host its fifth annual National Suit Drive to give unemployed men a chance to look their best as they re-enter the workforce. Each year, National Suit Drive, the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for men, encourages Americans to transform their unwanted businesswear into a fresh start for millions of disadvantaged workers still facing joblessness.

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