US-BASED retailer Gap today failed to arrest its slumping sales overseas after conceding its autumn clothing
ranges were unpopular with shoppers.
But he will detail radical plans to restore the company to its former glory with a greatly improved autumn clothing
range and a host of store revamps.
US$ 120m ( 110m) despite a record warm September, when sales of autumn clothing
are normally strong.
From Swedish giant Hennes and Mauritz to Italy's Rinascente and Germany's Metro, sluggish autumn clothing
sales are being blamed on sunny days as shoppers shun costly woollen coats for cooler - and usually cheaper - T-shirts and jackets.
Cold weather and the launch of the autumn clothing
range drove sales at department store John Lewis up 19.
The 28- year-old Dublin-born hunk has been chosen to promote a sophisticated autumn clothing
line with supermodels including KATE MOSS, CHRISTY TURLINGTON and CAROLYN MURPHY.
has already been bought, but M&S eventually wants fewer lines with ranges bought in greater depth.
The first contraction in both sales and profit in the quarter in eight years was due to poor sales of autumn clothing
at the Uniqlo chain caused by lingering summer heat.
US retailer Gap failed to arrest its slumping sales overseas after conceding that its autumn clothing
ranges were unpopular.
3 percent, marking the first year-on-year rise in three years and four months, as autumn clothing
and winter coats sold well after a steep decline in temperatures late in the month.
Unveiling sales pick-up yesterday, M&S chief executive Stuart Rose said the response of customers to new autumn clothing
ranges had been positive.