MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Survey: Wealthy Rank Harry Winston as Top Jewelry Brand

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, Ultra-wealthy consumers rate Harry Winston the leading brand of luxury jewelry by a wide margin, with Buccellati coming in second, slightly above third-place Cartier, according to the Luxury Institute’s 2007 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey of Luxury Jewelry.

The 20 luxury jewelry brands surveyed in alphabetical order include: Asprey, Blue Nile, Boucheron, Buccellati, Bulgari, Carrera y Carrera, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, David Yurman, DeBeers, Dior, FRED, Graff, Gucci, Harry Winston, Mikimoto, Piaget, Tiffany, and Van Cleef and Arpels.

A nationally representative sample of ultra-wealthy American consumers, with a minimum household income of $200,000 and a minimum household net worth of $5 million, was surveyed online.

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FINANCE

Merchant Risk Council to Hold Conference

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle, The Merchant Risk Council (MRC), an association for preventing online fraud and promoting secure e-commerce, will hold its 5th annual conference March 12-15, 2007, at the Wynn Las Vegas.

The conference attracts CFOs and risk-management professionals from the retail industry, e-commerce payment and risk-management vendors, credit-card and alternative-payment company representatives, as well as law-enforcement professionals.

Information about the conference can be found on www.merchantriskcouncil.org/conference.

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OPERATIONS

Appointment at Ann Taylor

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New York City—, Ann Taylor Stores Corp. has hired George Sappenfield as senior VP, real estate and construction. He is responsible for all aspects of the retailer’s real estate strategy and construction activities.

Sappenfield most recently was with Asset Strategies Group, a real estate consulting firm.

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