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Prada Profit Falls Less Than Expected as Cost Cuts Balance Asia

Prada Profit Falls Less Than Expected as Cost Cuts Balance Asia
PARIS, France — Prada SpA reported first-half profit that beat analysts’ estimates as efforts to contain costs helped mitigate declining sales in Asia. Net income fell 23 percent to 188.6 million euros ($213 million) in the six months through July, Milan-based Prada said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts predicted 175.4 million euros, according to the median of six estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Too many new stores and not enough new products have hurt Prada as demand for luxury goods slows in greater China following a clampdown on extravagance. In a bid to reignite sales and reverse a slump in its share price, the company introduced the Inside bag in July, with prices starting at about 2,000 euros. Prada has also slowed this year’s expansion, pledging to open about half the number of stores it did last year. “The global economic environment is still volatile and recent instability in Asia has not helped ease the situation,” Prada said.

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H&M Sales Growth Slumps to Two-Year Low Amid Hot German Summer STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Hennes & Mauritz AB, Europe’s second-largest clothing retailer, reported its slowest monthly sales growth in more than two years as soaring August temperatures in countries such as Germany weighed on demand. Revenue in August rose 1 percent expressed in local currencies, Stockholm-based H&M said in a statement Tuesday, the weakest performance since a 4 percent decline in March 2013. That missed the average analyst estimate for growth of 5.4 percent, according to an SME Direkt survey. H&M blamed “unseasonably warm weather” in many of its large European markets for the slowdown.

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Burberry Becomes First Fashion Brand to Launch Apple Music Channel LONDON, United Kingdom — UK luxury-goods maker Burberry Group Plc introduced a channel on Apple Inc.’s music service in the latest example of the fashion and technology industries coming together. The channel will showcase Burberry’s collaborations with emerging and iconic British talent including Lilla Vargen and Alison Moyet, and feature performances, songs and films alongside regular playlists, the London-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The partnership with Apple is the latest in a series of initiatives by the trenchcoat maker to widen its influence and reinforce its image as a purveyor of cool. Subscribers to Apple Music will be able to follow Burberry and gain access to musical updates and behind-the-scenes stories. Fans will also be able to comment or share the content via messages, Facebook, Twitter and email, Burberry said.

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