By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Manny Ramirez and Brett Favre aside, there were relatively few sports stars changing places in 2008. However, you couldn't say the same about TV shows.
Italian retail sales dipped 0.3 percent in October after rising slightly in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released on Tuesday December 24th by the national statistics agency ISTAT.They rose 0.
Britain's Theo Fennell (TFL.L), jeweller to David Beckham and Elton John, posted a first-half loss after sales fell 20 percent, and said it was reviewing expansion plans as it prepared for a "difficult" 2009.
France's Aeroports de Paris (ADP.PA) and Switzerland's The Nuance Group (TNG), a retailer partly owned by Stefanel (STEP.MI), gained permission from the European Commission on Monday to form a joint venture.
Unprecedented pre-Christmas discounting by the country's store groups is helping to improve consumer confidence, a survey showed on Friday, but retailers remain gloomy about their prospects heading into 2009.
The United States has begun legal action at the World Trade Organization aimed at halting Chinese government subsidy programs to boost the sale of Chinese-branded goods around the world, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday.
Laura Ashley Holdings Plc , the British fashion and homewares retailer, on Friday reported a sharp fall in underlying sales, blaming the difficult economic climate, and said the outlook was "challenging".