Shiseido Co Ltd, Japan's largest cosmetics company, has agreed to buy U.S.-based Bare Escentuals for $1.7 billion, as it looks to speed up its expansion and break into a new part of the North American market.
Canada's West 49 Inc, a trendy sporting goods retailer, said that sales for the key holiday season slipped almost 2 percent as brisk December activity was not enough to offset November's unseasonably warm weather.
Teen clothing retailer Hot Topic Inc posted a bigger-than-expected 10.9 percent drop in December sales at stores open at least a year and cut its fourth-quarter earnings outlook, sending its shares down 7 percent.
Inditex, Europe's biggest clothing retailer and owner of the Zara chain, posted a smaller -than-expected fall in nine-month net profit and said sales growth had edged up heading into the key Christmas period.
Women's apparel retailer Charming Shoppes Inc posted a narrower third-quarter loss as fewer discounts resulted in improved gross margins, and said it entered the fourth quarter with much less carry-over inventory.