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.
* Own stores to grow to three-quarters of sales from half
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.
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.
* Pick-up in leather goods partly due to production ramp-up
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.
* Sees 2014 sales rise of 6-8 pct, operating profit 5-7 pct
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.
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.
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.