Venezuela increases luxury taxes to bolster state coffers

CARACAS - Venezuela will increase taxes on luxury goods, alcohol and tobacco to help shore up the government's finances, the top tax official said, as falling oil prices threaten the OPEC member's coffers.

UPDATE 2-Hugo Boss targets faster sales growth, better margins

* Own stores to grow to three-quarters of sales from half

19 Nov 2014

Intel's upscale bracelet has Google alerts, AT&T data plan

SAN FRANCISCO - Upcoming bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a smartphone.

Tech, Media, Facebook 17 Nov 2014

Gucci needs new ideas, talents to combat brand fatigue

PARIS - Gucci holds the luxury spending downturn mainly responsible for its poor performance but the Italian fashion brand may also have itself to blame, suggesting it could be time to change strategy and hire fresh talent.

17 Nov 2014

UPDATE 1-Demand for leather goods boosts Hermes sales

* Pick-up in leather goods partly due to production ramp-up

06 Nov 2014

Hugo Boss shares slide on lower forecasts as economy slows

BERLIN - German fashion house Hugo Boss trimmed its 2014 sales and profit forecasts on Tuesday due to a slowing European economy after it reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter profits.

04 Nov 2014

Fashion chain withdraws feminist campaign T-shirt amid 'sweatshop' claims

LONDON, Nov 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fashion brand Whistles has removed from sale T-shirts with feminist slogans pending an investigation into whether the garments with a £45 ($72) price-tag had been produced in Mauritius sweatshops by women earning $1 per hour.

03 Nov 2014

SuperGroup shares slide as firm warns on profit

LONDON - SuperGroup, the British company behind the Superdry fashion brand, warned that full-year profit would fall short of market forecasts, becoming the latest retailer to see a warm autumn hit demand for winter clothes.

31 Oct 2014

Italy court clears designers Dolce and Gabbana in tax evasion case

ROME - Italy's top court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Friday over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

24 Oct 2014