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Dress Barn profit rises in Q4

BY CSA STAFF

Suffern, N.Y. Dress Barn Inc. said late Wednesday that its net income in the quarter ended July 31 rose on increased sales at its Justice and Maurices apparel banners.

The retailer earned $42 million in its fourth quarter, compared with $25.6 million in the year-ago period.

Revenue rose 78% to $710.9 million, primarily because of the inclusion of Justice’s sales of $245.6 million. Revenue at Dress Barn stores rose 11% to $282.3 million, and revenue at Maurices increased 26% to $183 million. Wall Street anticipated revenue of $698.8 million.

Dress Barn said it was also helped by an extra week in the fourth quarter compared with the prior year.

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Ebay improves user experience for blind Americans

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Ebay has announced a partnership with the National Federation of the Blind to create more opportunities for blind Americans to access Ebay as buyers and sellers.

According to the company, Ebay.com now includes enhanced features for users to buy, bid and sell using the keyboard alone, as well as improved ways to navigate content using assistive technologies such as screen access software.

“We have great respect for the advocacy role the NFB plays in creating employment opportunities for the blind,” said John Donahoe, president and CEO of Ebay Inc. “Ebay has built a reputation as a driver of job creation by helping entrepreneurs start up and grow their businesses. We are excited about connecting with an even wider audience through this partnership and providing blind Americans with easier access to our marketplace for both buying and selling.”

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Sears launches collection with French Connection UK

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears announced that it is partnering with French Connection UK and LF USA’s Regatta division, to launch UK Style by French Connection.

According to the company, the collaboration will bring in-store, branded boutiques to 500 Sears locations throughout the United States starting in the first quarter of 2011, just in time for the spring shopping season. Simultaneously, the collection will be available on Sears.com.

 

“French Connection is a world leader in contemporary fashion,” said John Goodman, EVP apparel and home Sears Holdings. “This addition to our brand portfolio will significantly increase our relevance among younger customers while strengthening our effort to re-energize our fashion offerings at Sears. The launch of UK Style by French Connection signifies our continued commitment to compelling fashion and great value. We are thrilled with this major opportunity to work with a company whose vibrant, cutting-edge fashion and avant-garde marketing have made waves in the fashion industry for almost forty years.”

The women’s collection offers floral leggings and striped tanks (from $9.90) along with patterned minis, sequined and animal-print shifts (starting at $29.90), designed to capture French Connection’s joie de vivre, Sears noted. Inspired by street and runway fashions in international capitals, the men’s collection offers dark-washed jeans ($24.90), button-down Oxford shirts ($24.90), and V-neck tees ($12.90). 

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