Stories from around the web and the nationals:
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said unseasonably mild weather hit clothing and footwear sales in October with almost no growth in non-food sales this year. UK like-for-like sales were 0.6% lower in October with total sales rising by 1.5%. Non-food non-store sales were up 11.5% compared to the same period last year.
PPR, the French luxury group, is set to acquire Italian menswear brand Brioni for an undisclosed sum. The deal will see PPR, which owns brands Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, strengthen its luxury menswear offering.
Brora, the Scottish cashmere retailer, has teamed up with Scottish designer Louise Gray for an 11 piece cashmere collection for autumn 11. The Brora flagship on Symons Street in London celebrated the launch of the collection, which features colour blocking and patterned knitwear, last week.
Hugo Boss, the German fashion house, has raised sales and profit expectations after sales grew faster than expected. The group forecasts that sales will hit €3bn (£2.6bn) by 2015m, increasing from previous forecasts of €2.5bn (£2.1bn) when the company outlined its five year strategy in March 2010.
Urban Outfitters, which operates the Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie chains, posted sales growth of 6% in the third quarter to $610m (£380m). This was below analyst expectations that predicted sales to equal $629.2m (£391m). Like-for-like sales for the three months to October 31 dropped by 7% with Anthropologie stores seeing a 7% decline.