SuperGroup, the British company behind the Superdry fashion brand worn by celebrities such as David Beckham, reported soaring sales, underscoring its status as one of the hottest fashion labels around.
Congo will struggle to enforce its new ban on mining in rebellious eastern areas and the move is likely to increase smuggling rather than help clean up an industry accused of fuelling conflict, analysts say.
Debenhams, Britain's No.2 department store group, said strong sales of its designer ranges, coupled with growth online and overseas, would help it cope in a tough environment for shoppers in coming months.
Global miner Rio Tinto announced plans to expand its Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia on Tuesday, the latest step in its plan to spend about $13 billion through the end of 2011 to boost growth.
Commanding attention in the fashions for next spring and summer, unveiled this week in New York, are officer jackets, camouflage prints, brass buttons and cargo pants, all made softer in fabrics of linen, lace and silk.