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How Old Navy went from the butt of jokes to Gap Inc’s crown jewel

business.financialpost.com — For years, Stefan Larsson was Gap's worst nightmare, as he led H&M's dizzying expansion in the United States with a combination of designer chic and rock-bottom prices. Three years ago, Gap Inc. hired him, and gave him its most challenging brand, Old Navy.

Old Navy Thrives After a Style-Conscious Rebirth

nytimes.com — For years, Stefan Larsson was Gap 's worst nightmare, as he led H&M's dizzying expansion in the United States with a combination of designer chic and rock-bottom prices. Three years ago, Gap Inc. hired him, and gave him its most challenging brand, Old Navy.

Macy’s Falls Short in 1st-Quarter Earnings

nytimes.com — Bad weather, port congestion and lower spending by tourists because of a stronger dollar all weighed on Macy's first-quarter earnings, as profit and sales fell short of expectations. The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said earnings for the 13-week period that ended May 2 came to 56 cents a share, compared with 60 cents a share during the first quarter of 2014.

Toyota and Nissan Recall 6.5 Million More Vehicles Over Takata Airbags

nytimes.com — For months, the problem of defective airbags made by the Japanese supplier Takata has festered in the auto industry as recalls have mounted and automakers have searched for the reason that the airbags can explode violently, sending pieces of metal into the cabin.

Hiroko Tabuchi: McDonald's chief promises turnaround in a restructuring

business-standard.com — Faced with slumping sales in its biggest markets, McDonald's on Monday announced the first steps of a global turnaround strategy, acknowledging that a business that has served up billions of burgers on the cheap was in urgent need of change.

McDonald’s Chief Promises Turnaround in a Restructuring

nytimes.com — Faced with slumping sales in its biggest markets, McDonald's on Monday announced the first steps of a global turnaround strategy, acknowledging that a business that has served up billions of burgers on the cheap was in urgent need of change.

The Latest Fashion, Trending on Google

cnbc.com — Normcore? So last year. String bikinis? Most definitely over. Even interest in skinny jeans may be waning, if six billion fashion-related queries by Google users are any indication of this year's most popular trends. Instead, consumers are Googling tulle skirts, midi skirts, palazzo pants and jogger pants, according to the company, which plans to start issuing fashion trend reports based on user searches twice a year.

Fashion Is Trending, in Google Searches

nytimes.com — Source: Google Methodology: Google analyzed six billion queries related to the apparel category from January 2012 to February 2015. The data was analyzed by Olivier Zimmer of Google, a fashion data scientist, and Yarden Horwitz, a fashion brand strategist. Search data is not comparable between trends.

The Latest Fashion, Trending on Google

nytimes.com — Normcore? So last year. String bikinis? Most definitely over. Even interest in skinny jeans may be waning, if six billion fashion-related queries by Google users are any indication of this year's most popular trends. Instead, consumers are Googling tulle skirts, midi skirts, palazzo pants and jogger pants, according to the company, which plans to start issuing fashion trend reports based on user searches twice a year.

To Lure Back Young Shoppers, Abercrombie Puts On a Shirt

nytimes.com — Smooth, shirtless torsos have long greeted shoppers at Abercrombie & Fitch - in its ads, and sometimes in the flesh. But no longer. The youth apparel retailer said Friday it would no longer use shirtless male models at store openings and events and would remove "sexualized" images from ads and shopping bags.
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May 26, 2015

@tginjapan Oh, I'm sure there's a lot of snoozing going round in legislatures everywhere

May 26, 2015

@daiwaka Japan must be strong! We must fight alongside our allieszzzzzzzz....

May 26, 2015

Can't get enough of these Japanese politicians asleep pics. From a parliamentary debate on national security Tuesday pic.twitter.com/pmyEelpFUo

May 26, 2015

RT @EconBizFin: Indians have become an extraordinarily successful minority in America. A burgeoning new elite econ.st/1essE8z pic.twitter.com/ANhJWNVKcA

May 26, 2015

3 months' maternity leave is helpful, but 9 could hurt a woman’s career. When Family-Friendly Policies Backfire nyti.ms/1BmKoXU

May 26, 2015

RT @bradplumer: IMF calls unpriced externalities a "subsidy" to fossil fuels. Is that a useful term? I went back and forth on this: vox.com/2015/5/20/8630…

May 26, 2015

IMF: Governments around the world spend more on energy subsidies --mostly fossil fuels & nuclear -- than healthcare blog-imfdirect.imf.org/2015/05/18/act…

May 25, 2015

RT @fendnoworg: Joint Statement by Associations of History Scholars and Educators in Japan on the "Comfort Women" Issue torekiken.org/trk/blog/oshir…

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