Shop 'till you drop it's not, but U.S. women are finally starting to buy clothes again. Even before the U.S. economy headed south over a year ago, many U.S. women had eschewed clothing purchases for themselves.
Footwear maker Deckers Outdoor Corp posted a surprise second-quarter profit, helped by cost controls, but forecast a weak fourth quarter, when sales of its trademark sheepskin boots are traditionally strongest.
Alliance Boots, Britain's biggest pharmacy chain, saw a 3 percent rise in underlying sales at British shops in December, driven by demand for Christmas gifts, electrical beauty products and toiletries.
Reckitt Benckiser , the world's biggest household goods maker, met forecasts with a 14 percent rise in third-quarter profits and raised its targets for a second time, but its shares slipped as margins stayed flat.