Black Friday sales rose just 0.5 percent to $10.66 billion after rising 3 percent in 2008, ShopperTrak said, a rise that may disappoint investors who had expected retailers to see a bigger boost this year.
An evening gown slit discreetly from the neck to the navel worn by Turkey's former first lady Mevhibe Inonu is on show in an Istanbul exhibition, tracing how her style helped define the image of the young Turkish Republic.
Cash-strapped Spaniards are pulling their hair out over the economic crisis - literally. Faced with the country's deep recession and soaring unemployment, many women are selling off their locks to pay the bills.
Fashion retailer Alexon Group Plc posted a 14 percent drop in like-for-like sales for 16 weeks to November 21, and said margins may be hit by the price competitive environment affecting Christmas period and January.