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By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) - Gucci's sales growth remained sluggish in the first three months of the year, hit in part by the brand's upmarket repositioning and the clean-up of its wholesale distribution network. The Italian brand, which represents the bulk of valuation for parent Kering , on Thursday posted a 0.3 percent rise in like-for-like sales for the first quarter, broadly in line with analysts' expectations. In a conference call with journalists, Kering Finance Director Jean-Marc Duplaix said Gucci's sales in China were still declining, without providing figures, but added that "trends are improving". Gucci still makes more than 20 percent of its turnover from wholesale buyers, whose contribution to comparable sales dropped 19 percent in the first quarter after some accounts with department stores ended.
The first image from the new H&M Summer campaign was uploaded to the Brazilian supermodel's Facebook page on Wednesday, April 23. Wearing a skimpy swimsuit, the 33-year-old beauty looks as stunning as ever.
It's been a big year for Lupita Nyong'o. After winning an Oscar and a lucrative advertising deal the actress was named on Wednesday as the world's most beautiful woman for 2014 by People magazine. Nyong'o, who took home this year's Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as the slave Patsey in director Steve McQueen's acclaimed film "12 Years A Slave," said she "never dreamed" she would be praised for her looks and land on the cover of the weekly magazine. "It is exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o, 31, told People.
The design house has uploaded a video going behind the scenes on its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign featuring the Italian swimmer, who also appeared in the Emporio Armani Fall-Winter 2013-2014 Eyewear and Underwear campaigns. Ahead of the summer season, the temperature has already started to rise thanks to Emporio Armani's new video on the making of its Spring-Summer 2014 Underwear campaign. A scantily clad Luca Dotto poses to show off the luxury brand's latest briefs and boxers. The swimmer, who is known for his short-distance freestyle performance, is not the first athlete to model for Emporio Armani.
Primark, the low-budget British clothing chain, intends to enter the US market with a first store opening next year in Boston, its parent group announced on Wednesday. "We will be taking Primark to the north-east of the USA with the opening of a number of stores, the first of which we expect to begin trading towards the end of 2015," Charles Sinclair, chairman of Primark-owner Associated British Foods, said in a statement. Headquartered in Dublin, Primark operates out of 271 stores spread across Western Europe.