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Early Easter Helped VS March Sales Rise 9%

Lingerie in Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels collection, to be featured mid-April.

Lingerie in Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels collection, to be featured mid-April.

March Victoria’s Secret and Pink comparable store sales in the U.S. and Canada were up 9% over the same month last year, while Victoria’s Secret Direct sales fell 2% during the same period.

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Agent Provocateur Shop Opening In Manhasset

Agent Provocateur images from its website and the Americana Manhasset mall lookbook.

Agent Provocateur is about to open its 20th location in the U.S., a 700 square foot shop in the Americana mall in Manhasset, Long Island, on about April 22nd. Yet another location is planned for later this summer, a 990 square foot shop in The Mall Short Hills in New Jersey.

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Frederick’s Closing All Stores, Remains Online

Frederick’s of Hollywood has decided to close not some but all of its stores. A notice posted on the company’s “Store Locator” page stated, as of April 15, “We no longer have store locations. Our online store offers the same selection of products.”

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Triumph Finds Way To Lure Young Customers

A frame from the new “Find The One” bra commercial from Triumph.

Triumph has created a clever way to lock up customers at an early age. A cynic might call it an innocent version of what tobacco giant R. J. Reynolds was doing with the cartoon character Joe Camel in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s to lure children to its products.

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Sales Dip At Aubade, Calida As Parent Grows

The declining share of lingerie sales at Calida Holding is reflected on the covers of the 2013 (left) and 2014 (right) annual reports.

2014 sales dropped slightly at both Calida and Aubade, the underwear and intimate apparel divisions of Calida Holding AG, as the Switzerland-based parent company completed its majority takeover of the Lafuma Group, a producer of surfing, skiing, climbing and other outdoor products.

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Texco: New Hook & Eye Closures For Sports Bras

Texco, a leading manufacturer hook and eye bra closures, has created a new collection of components specifically designed for sports bras: the Sports Series. This comes at a time when most wholesalers having expanded their bra offerings to include at least one silhouette designed for exercise.

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Intimacy Stores Losing Money For Van de Velde

While Intimacy slipped, most of Van de Velde performed well, especially PrimaDonna swim.

The Intimacy chain of lingerie stores lost money for its parent company for the first time in 2014, and as a result of continuing declines there, the publicly trade lingerie firm Van de Velde was forced to register an impairment charge of 31.4 million euros.

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Cacique Scores Points At The Expense Of VS

An image from Cacique’s “I’m No Angel” ad campaign.

Score a win for Cacique, the plus size lingerie brand from Lane Bryant, that has challenged Victoria’s Secret’s definition of sexy lingerie in its new “I’m No Angel” advertising campaign. The American media — and social media — have enjoyed watching Cacique throw down the gauntlet.

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’Heavy Metal’ Is Theme For Parfait A/W 2015

Examples from the Ellie and Marrianne groups from Parfait

“Heavy metal” is the theme of Parfait’s new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. The full-busted bra specialist is sister brand to Affinitas.

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February Best Ever For Adam & Eve Retailers

In February, Adamandeve.com, the parent company of Adam & Eve retail shops, claimed “the stores’ best sales month on record.”

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PVH Says Calvin Klein Driving Sales Growth

New men’s styles Air FX and Intense Power at CalvinKlein.com.

PVH Corp. reported a dramatic rise in earnings for the year and fourth quarter ended February 1, 2015. And, in a conference call to discuss the results, CEO Manny Chirico spent much time discussing the contribution, over the past year and going forward, of the Calvin Klein brand and underwear.

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Gilly Hicks Brand About To Disappear Forever?

While not surprising, it seems that the Gilly Hicks lingerie brand is now officially dead. Joanne Crevoiserat, EVP and CFO at parent company Abercrombie & Fitch Co., speaking recently on the conference call to discuss Q4 2014 results, said, “we decided during the quarter that we would wind down that business in 2015.”

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Wood Adding Pockets, Drawstrings To Lounge

Wood Underwear has again expanded its product line, now adding “super comfy lounge/sleepwear” with pockets and drawstrings.

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Aerie for Yellowberry: New Tween Collection

Aerie launched, at the end of March, Aerie for Yellowberry, a nine piece “collaborative bra collection for girls 11 to 15” announced the company, which is the intimates division of American Eagle Outfitters.

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Vast Color Choices Set Coobie Intimates Apart

Bras in lollipop red, margarita green, periwinkle, sea foam, Bahama blue, pomegranate, endive, mocha and peony....and dozens more shades. “We offer a crazy amount of color choices,” admitted Adam Slater, owner of Total Stockroom, explaining one of the key selling points of his Coobie intimates line. All these hues allow retailers “to satisfy their customers’ needs.”

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Envy Menswear & Baci Lingerie Coming To ILS

Items from the Baci Lingerie and Envy Menswear collections.

Baci Lingerie and Envy Menswear will both be in booth 203 at the upcoming International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas at the end of the month, and both collections will feature many new styles.

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Frederick’s: More Store Closings, Departures

The recent announcement that Frederick’s of Hollywood is in the process of reducing the number of retail locations to around 60 is but one of several important changes that have occurred since the once publicly trade firm was taken private last May. A count of the stores listed on the company website indicate about 82 store are now in operation, down from 94 last May and 135 as of February, 2008.

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Peekay Boutiques Opens 48th Location In CA

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., the adult products store that became a publicly trade company in February, opened its 48th retail location (and its 17th in California) in Valencia. The chain, which operates stores under various names including Lovers, ConRev, Christal’s and A Touch of Romance, used the latter name for this location.

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Exquisite Form Prospers, Soon Adding Shapewear

Exquisite Form, a venerable Vanity Fair brand that has been around since the 1940’s, strengthened and consolidated its position with U.S. retailers over the past year, and will soon be offering additional styles and a new shapewear segment.

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Polidan Purchases UFM Men’s Underwear Line

The UFM brief, an inside view of the brief and the boxer brief.

Underwear For Men (UFM), a recent start-up offering two styles of men’s supportive underwear, has a new owner, John Polidan.

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Shapeez Adding Videos, New Features To Site

Still shots from Shapeez videos on its website.

Shapeez is in now completing a series of information videos designed to show, on attractive models, how their bras and shaping garments look from all angles and in a variety of poses and activities. This comes as the company is in the midst of upgrading its already highly detailed website.

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Sean Monahan Leaving Raveware & Party King

Sean Monahan, founder and CEO of LRS Apparel, Ltd., has announced his “resignation from the day to day operations of the company effective 3/20/15.” The company includes both Raveware Lingerie and Party King Halloween apparel.

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SEC Filings Reveal Details Of Peekay Stores

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., the adult chain that became a public company this February, expects to expand from its current fleet of 47 stores “at a rate of 8-15 stores per year, resulting in 114 stores by the end of 2019.” That information, including the fact that its sales rose to $39.449 million in fiscal 2013 (and $29.367 million for the first nine months of 2014) and much more can be gleaned from an examination of various documents recently filed with the SEC.

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Aerie Closing 20 Stores, Despite Strong Results

Different versions of the popular ‘Sunnie’ bra from Aerie.

Even though Aerie, the intimates division of American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), has been outperforming recently, its parent plans to close an additional 20 lingerie shops in 2015, continuing a process that, by the end of the year, will have cut the total number by about half since the end of 2011. At the end of that year there were 158 Aerie stores; by the end of 2015 there will be about 81.

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NightLift: Revolutionary New Sleep Bra Styles

One exhibitor that provoked a good deal of interest and conversation at the recent Curvexpo in New York was NightLift, showing a bra, babydoll and bra-camisole, all specifically designed by a plastic surgeon to provide maximum support for the breasts during sleep.

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Victoria’s Secret Stores Up 7% In February

February comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret and Pink stores in the U.S. and Canada rose 7% in February, while Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped 6%. Parent company L Brands, which also owns Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, reported a 7% sales increase for the four week period ended Feb. 28, 2015, registering at total of $806.1 million, compared to $750.0 million for the four-week period ended March 1, 2014.

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Patrice Catanzaro Brings Latest Collections to ILS

Patrice Catanzaro, the French fetish designer, will return again to the International Lingerie Show at the end of the month (March 30 through April 1) with a range of styles, including his latest collection for women: Tome 12.

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Schmitt Now U.S. Agent For Marlies Dekkers

Lingerie brand marlies|dekkers has extended its distribution agreement with DW Schmitt Global Ltd. to include U.S. specialty stores. The arrangement had previously covered Canada.

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February Offprice Show In Vegas: Largest Ever

Joe Torgueman and Joe Cohen at the National Mills booth in February.

The Offprice Show reported it fielded the largest exhibition space in its 20 year history at the recent event in Las Vegas, with a 132,000 net-square-foot show floor. In addition it reported an attendance of “8,460 retailers,” a 5.5% increase over the show last year.

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Espiral & AM:PM: Off To Strong Early Start

Espiral and its sister brand, AM:PM, mailed the catalogs for the two collections earlier than ever this year (BODY received the catalogs in early February) and “the reaction was overwhelming,” according to Angela Escobar, who co-owns the brands with her husband Pablo Tobon.

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La Perla’s Houston Shop To Be Its First In Texas

La Perla is planning to open its first store in Texas this spring at The Galleria in Houston. According to the mall, the shop “will be located on street level near Neiman Marcus.”

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Waist Cinchers Selling For Cupid Foundations

Miraclesuit waist cincher style 2786 worn with bra and panty (sold separately).

Waist cinchers are getting a lot more attention these days and the trend is impacting Cupid Foundations in a positive way according to Eric Crawford, national sales manager.

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Shapeez Expands Again: Adds New Demee Bra

Suzanne Barrilari with Staci Berner, right, founder of Shapeez at WWIN

Shapeez continues to expand its extensive collection of bras and shaping garments. The latest introduction is The Demee, which comes in both a short and long version.

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harMonica At Curve With Panties & Bralettes

Monica Ditzler started “making panties and selling to friends” in 2007 as a sideline to her full time design jobs in girl’s apparel and denim. For the past few years she has also been selling on Etsy.com, and now will be exhibiting her Spring/Summer 2015 collection of intimate apparel, harMonica Design, at the upcoming Curvexpo in New York.

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Curve Moves To Vegas Convention Ctr. In Aug.

Curvexpo is moving to the Las Vegas Convention Center in a joint venture between that organization and UBM Advanstar. The Vegas Curvexpo has been held until now at the Venetian Hotel. The first show under the new arrangement will be August 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2015.

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Swirl Offering Updated Version Of Models Coat

Swirl, a firm that goes back over 110 years, recently added an updated ‘Models Coat,’ versions of which it has made for decades. And it will be showing this tunic at the upcoming Curvexpo show in New York

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Bandelettes: New Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands

Bandelettes are patent-pending, anti-chafing thigh bands introduced by a Staten Island-based company over two years ago. Now that the firm has established a growing direct-to-consumer business, and has lined up two big internet retailers, it will exhibit at its first trade show, the upcoming Curvexpo in New York.

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Italian Seamless Maker Seeks U.S. Expansion

The Norman Group, a large Italy-based seamless producer, will attend Curvexpo in New York, its first time for the show, looking to expand sales in the U.S. for two of its many brands, ControlBody and Intimidea.

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’Love Stories’: New Dutch Intimates Label

Love Stories is a new Dutch intimates and apparel line that is bringing to the upcoming Curvexpo show in New York, its F/W 2015 collection, as well as “our newest collection Cirque de la Nuit.”

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jKNIX: Fast Launch For Former Boutique Owner

With the help of almost a decade of experience as a women’s boutique owner, Jill Carrade seems to have gotten her intimates and activewear line, jKNIX, a “small start up,” in her words, off and running faster than many new brands.

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Lucky & Me Intros ’Lily’ Organic Girls Underwear

Lucky & Me, a new kids underwear and sleepwear brand has introduced the “Lily Collection” of organic cotton underwear for girls.

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Victoria’s Secret Swim Special On CBS Feb. 26

The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special airs February 26, 2015, for the first time on CBS. The program focuses on the shooting in Puerto Rico of the company’s swimwear campaign and includes performances by artists Maroon 5 and Juanes.

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Music Legs: Halloween Best-Seller Predictions

Joseph Tok, owner of Music Legs, the lingerie, hosiery and costume company, revealed to BODY some of the new styles he has added for Halloween and shared his prediction about what costumes he expects to be best sellers this year.

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Shapeez Lowers Back Neckline Of Tankee Bra

Shapeez has improved one of its best-selling styles, the Tankee Long. “We

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Parfait: New Styles & Colors For F/W 2015

The ‘Marrianne’ and ‘Ellie’ styles from Parfait’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.

Parfait, the full bust lingerie brand, has added new colors and styles to its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. “Earthy, metal-inspired hues are seen throughout three new ranges as well as six new recolors, ranging from pewter and black/silver to Java and charcoal,” according to a spokesperson.

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Body Hush Adds 2 Items To Gold Collection

The “Must Have It Panty,” “Wonder Panty” and “Super-Power Slimmer” from Body Hush.

The Body Hush shapewear line has just added “two new styles this season: “The Must Have It Panty” and the “Underwired Shape-Suit,” according to Jimena Rosas, president and founder of the brand.

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Texco Hook & Eye Tape Expands In The U.S.

Texco Hook & Eye Tape Ltd. has been expanding its business with American intimates wholesalers and as a result recently opened a branch office in this country.

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Agent Provocateur Sales Rose 36% In Latest Year

Images from Agent Provocateur’s new Naomi Campbell ad campaign.

Agent Provocateur sales rose 36% for its fiscal year ended March 29, 2014, from “£39m to £53.1m” (or from about $59 million to about $80 million at current conversion rates) according to a company release. “For the second year in succession, EBITDA increased by over 50% year on year, growing from £6.2m to £9.6m” (about $9.4 million to about $14.5 million).

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Doug Miller: Future of Halloween & Party Expo

Doug Miller of Urban Expositions, with images from the 2014 Halloween & Party Expo.

Last November the Halloween Industry Association (HIA) and Urban Expositions announced they were acquiring the Halloween & Party Expo and would take over the event immediately following the 2015 edition. According to the partners, “Urban Expositions will be responsible for managing all aspects of the event including sales, operations, marketing and promotion with guidance and expertise provided by the Halloween Industry Association.”

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Baci Lingerie Reports Successful ANME Show

Styles from the After Dark by Baci, Dreams and Envy Menswear collections.

Baci Lingerie and Envy Menswear reported a successful showing at the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo (ANME) Founders Show in Burbank, CA in January. “New collections and POS materials were met with excitement for an energized start to the new quarter,” according to a spokesperson.

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Fajas Diseños D’Prada: Compression Specialist

Fajas Diseños D’Prada is filling demands in the solutions market for “post-surgical care, postpartum wear, and daily-wear compression garments for men and women utilizing the utmost innovative technology, design, and quality,” according to a company spokesperson.

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2 Former Calvin Klein Execs To Naked’s Board

Naked Brand Group Inc., added two key former Calvin Klein executives to is board of directors earlier this year. One is Martha Olson, former group president of Calvin Klein Underwear Global; the other is Paul Hayes, a CPA who served as CFO for the Europe region of The Warnaco Group. There Hayes led “the commercial finance and accounting team for the $500 million Calvin Klein brand business.”
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Sales At Soma Intimates Up 13.7% In Q4 2014

Sales at Soma Intimates were up 13.7% for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 8% for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2015, rising to a record total of $311.2 million for the year.
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Peekay, With 47 Stores, Now Public Company

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., a prominent retailer of intimate apparel and sexual wellness products, became “a public reporting company with its securities quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board,” in mid February.
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Sycamore Drops Plan To Acquire Soma’s Parent

Sycamore Partners has abandoned its attempt to buy Chico’s FAS, parent to Soma Intimates, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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HanesBrands Agrees To Acquire Knight Apparel

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Sycamore Poised To Be Intimates Powerhouse

Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm, could soon become an even more prominent force in intimate apparel. Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other sources reported that Chico’s FAS, the women’s clothing retailer and owner of Soma Intimates, might be close to a sale to Sycamore.
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Victoria’s Secret Sales Up In January & 2014

Comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret stores (including PINK) in the U.S. and Canada rose 4% in January, while Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped the same amount. Meanwhile, parent company L Brands reported an overall increase in sales for the quarter and year, as well as a several other pieces of encouraging news.
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Intimacy ’14 Sales Drop, Rest Of Van de Velde Up

The Intimacy chain of lingerie shops in the U.S. continue to be a drag on the otherwise positive results for Belgian parent company Van de Velde. In reporting its company-wide 2014 results it acknowledged “A fall in retail turnover at Intimacy by 16.7% (12.0% on a like-for-like basis) in local currency.”
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Victoria’s Secret Sales Rose 3% In December

December sales at Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S. and Canada rose 3% in December 2014 when compared to the same month in 2013. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped 1%.
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Hanes Q3 Sales Up 17%, But Income Drops 5%

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Delta’s $1B Trajectory: Q3 Sales, Income Rise

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Intimacy Down But Van de Velde Up In First Half

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Victoria’s Secret Direct Sales Up 8% In August

Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 8% in August, while Victoria’s Secret comparable stores sales in the U.S. and Canada rose 5%. Year to date, however, direct sales are up only 1%, while comparable store sales are up 3%.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp Stores Up 5% In July

Victoria’s Secret July comparable store sales rose 5% and Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 1%. Meanwhile parent company L Brands, Inc. reported “net sales of $735.3 million for the four weeks ended August 2, 2014, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $678.4 million for the four weeks ended August 3, 2013.”
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Income Up, Sales Down At Yarn Maker Unifi

Yarn maker Unifi, Inc. reported a higher net income for the 52 week year ended June 29, 2014, of $28.8 million on lower sales of $687.9 million. In the 53-week fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013 the company reported net income of $16.6 million on higher sales of $714.0 million.
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Delta Galil: Sales, Income Up In 2nd Qtr.

Delta Galil’s second quarter sales and earnings were both up over the same quarter last year, continuing to propel the firm towards its first fiscal year with sales over $1 billion. In fact, the company has “already reached that milestone during the four quarters ended June 30, 2014,” noted CEO Isaac Dabah in comments accompanying the financial release.
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UK La Senza Lingerie Stores In Administration

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Victoria’s Secret Stores Up 3%, Direct Up 6%

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Hanes To Buy European Underwear Firm DBA

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Gildan Activewear Agrees To Acquire Doris

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Soma’s Parent May Be Considering Takeover

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VS Direct Down 10%, Stores Up 2% For May

While Victoria’s Secret North American comparable store sales for May rose 2%, and Victoria’s Secret direct sales declined 10%, parent company L Brands reported a company-wide net sales increase of 4%.
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L Brands Income Rises, VS Strategies Adjusted

In the conference call to discuss its first quarter earnings, L Brands acknowledged a modest reduction in the number of U.S. lingerie stores it plans to open this year, said it is exiting some apparel and make-up categories, and confirmed its emphasis on opening new Pink stores as opposed to Victoria’s Secret stores in this country.
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Frederick’s Completes "Going Private" Deal

The acquisition of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. by “HGI Funding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harbinger Group Inc., and certain of the company’s other common and preferred shareholders” was approved May 28th “by over two-thirds of the aggregate voting power of the company’s common stock.”
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Delta Galil: 1st Quarter Net Income Up 40%

Delta Galil is off to a great start in 2014. First quarter net income soared to $9.3 million, 40% above the same quarter last year, while sales also rose, and the company raised its sales guidance for the full year — now even further above the $1 billion mark than it had originally predicted.
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Victoria’s Secret Store Sales Rose 8% In April

Victoria’s Secret comparable store sales for April, in the U.S. and Canada, rose 8% over the same month last year. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret Direct sales dropped 3% from last year.
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Victoria’s Secret: 50 New U.S. Stores In 2014

The number of Victoria’s Secret stores here and around the world will take another big jump in 2014, most likely topping 1,100 in the U.S., according to parent company L Brands’ annual report for 2013 and information released during the firms 4th quarter conference call.
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NPD: Tights Up 33%, Women’s Apparel 4%

The NPD Group estimated women’s apparel retail sales grew to $116.4 billion in 2013, a 4 percent increase over the $112.3 billion it estimated for 2012. And one particularly dramatic increase occurred in hosiery where “dollar sales for tights grew 33 percent in 2013.”
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Victoria’s Secret Comp March Sales Down 1%

“Victoria’s Secret North America March comparable store sales decreased 1%,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands.
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Frederick’s: Closes 16 Stores, Loses $5.1 M

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. lost $5.1 million in the fiscal second quarter 2014 on sales of $23.5 million, compared to a loss of $10.0 million on sales of $24.3 million in the same period last year.
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Thekkekara of Dolce Vita Purchases Lunaire

Jack Thekkekara, who owns Dolce Vita Intimates, LLC and some years ago purchased the Movie Star brand, has purchased the Lunaire brand. Lunaire is a 20-year-old firm that specializes in attractive bras in fuller sizes.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp February Sales Up 2%

February comparable store sales at Victoria’s Secret stores in North America were up 2% “driven by core lingerie and Pink,” while at Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose “1%, as growth in bras, panties, Pink, swim and sport was partially offset by a decline in apparel,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands, Inc.
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Delta Galil: Sales Will Top $1 Billion in 2014

Sales at Delta Galil in 2013 rose 19%, from $817,782,000 to $974,719,000 and CEO Isaac Dabah projects that “Based on our initial financial guidance,” 2014 “will be our first year of sales in the $1 billion-plus range” in a press release that accompanied the year end results.
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Problems At Intimacy As Van de Velde Rises

Sales rose slightly in 2013 at Van de Velde, the Belgian firm that owns Intimacy and PrimaDonna among other stores and brands (up 0.4% to 182.4 million euros - about $251.9 million at today’s exchange rates).
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L Brands: Small To No Sales Gains In February

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among others, reported “Earnings per share for the 13-week fourth quarter ended February 1, 2014, were $1.65 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $1.76 for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February. 2, 2013. Adjusted earnings per share for the prior year on a 13-week basis were approximately $1.68.”
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Hanes Sales Rose, Profits Doubled In 2013

Hanesbrands recorded double the net income in 2013 that it did in 2012, despite a fourth quarter 2013 in which net income fell from $80.4 million in 2012 to $32.3 million. Full year sales in 2013 were $4.628 billion compared to $4.526 billion the year before as profits rose from $164.7 million to $330.5 million.
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L Brands Comparable Sales Up 9% in January

L Brands, Inc., (parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza), reported “comparable sales for the four weeks ended Feb. 1, 2014 increased 9% compared to the four weeks ended February 2, 2013,” as well as sales increases for the full year 2013.
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Suit Opposes Frederick’s ’Going Private’ Deal

A minority Frederick’s of Hollywood shareholder, Bruce Paul, is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court opposing the proposal by a consortium of shareholders to take the company private.
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Victoria’s Secret Parent: Sales Up In December

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among other stores and brands, reported sales increases for both December and the 48 weeks ended January 4th, 2014, while at the same time lowering its estimated earnings moderately for the fourth quarter due to lower margins and increase promotions.
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Frederick’s Going Private, Lynch Still CEO

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. has agreed to be taken private by a group of investors who already own most of its outstanding shares. The proposed move was first announced at the end of September. Thomas Lynch, the current CEO, has received a contract to remain with the company for three more years.
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November Sales Up For Victoria’s Secret Parent

Victoria’s Secret November comparable sales declined 3% (while the brand’s direct channel sales increased by 9%) as parent L Brands, Inc. overall net sales rose to $988.5 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013, compared to net sales of $922.0 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 24, 2012.
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Victoria’s Secret Stores October Sales Up 10%

Comparable store gains of 10% at Victoria’s Secret stores this October over the same month last year led to company-wide sales gains for its parent, L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands).
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Sales Rise, Net Income Falls At Delta Galil

Sales at Delta Galil Industries, Ltd. rose in the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 to $257,199,000 from $233,996,000 while income dropped significantly to $12,674,000 from $20,190,000 in the same period last year, the decline attributed, by the firm, to various “non-recurring” or “one-time” items.
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