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Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:00am
Can a robot create art? More specifically, can a “cognitive system” create couture? IBM says yes. The computer giant gave the task to its Watson cognitive system, which is known for winning “Jeopardy” in 2011. A cognitive system, according to IBM, is something that can can... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:48am
HONG KONG — Esprit Holdings said Friday that its revenue for the nine-months ended March 31 slid 10 percent to 13.71 billion Hong Kong dollars but trading conditions in its core market of Europe are showing signs of improvement. The company said nine-month sales inched down 0.3... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:07am
LONDON — Europe’s major stock markets lost ground in midmorning trading on Friday, with the FTSE MIB in Milan the only exception. The Italian market was up 0.3 percent to 19,022.34, while the CAC 40 in Paris fell 1.4 percent to 4,492.24, followed by the DAX in Frankfurt, 1.1... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:48am
LONDON — The U.S.-based natural luxury skin-care brand Immunocologie is expanding in the U.K. with an exclusive launch in May at Urban Retreat, Harrods’ beauty services destination. Launched in January 2015, the company began by growing its retail accounts in the U.S. such as... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:30am
MILAN — Prada Group had no comment Friday on its newest — and potentially most vocal — shareholder: PETA. On its Web site, the non-profit organization formally known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it “hopes to help the company pull its head out of the sand... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:30am
MILAN — Prada Group had no comment Friday on its newest — and potentially most vocal — shareholder: PETA. On its Web site, the non-profit organization formally known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it “hopes to help the company pull its head out of the sand... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:31am
Asian shares ended lower as investor pessimism continued to weigh on markets. Shanghai’s SSE slipped 0.3 percent to end at 2,938 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng slid 1.5 percent to finish at 21,067. Tokyo’s stock market was closed for a national holiday after slipping 3.6 percent... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:41am
SHANGHAI — China appears to be tightening its already firm grip over online publishing and content. A digital content partnership between Alibaba and Disney, as well as Apple’s iTunes digital media store are currently offline in China, only months after each launched on the... read more
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:12am
PARIS — Puma’s collaboration with Rihanna is proving more and more fruitful. The singer, who signed on as brand ambassador and Puma’s women’s creative director in December 2014, has helped boost the sporting-goods maker’s first-quarter performance. The Herzogenaurach, Germany-... read more
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:01pm
WWD visits the first freestanding NYX store on the East Coast and see how it stacks up versus neighboring powerhouse MAC Cosmetics. Shopper: Carly Fanslau at MAC Cosmetics Mission: Stocking Up on Staples A teacher’s holiday was the perfect excuse for elementary school... read more

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