French experts said on Tuesday they had proof that the Hope Diamond, a star exhibit in Washington's Smithsonian Institution, is a legendary gem once owned by King Louis XIV that was looted in the French Revolution.
Athletic-clothing retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc posted a quarterly loss from continuing operations hurt by a slowdown in consumer spending and forecast a fourth-quarter loss, sending its shares down 5 percent.
Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz posted a shallower-than-expected fall in October underlying sales on Monday, raising hopes its focus on low-cost clothing would shield it from a consumer downturn.
Chinese jewelry maker Fuqi International Inc posted better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by increase in the wholesale business and raised its 2008 outlook fourth time this year, sending its shares up as much as 33 percent.
Kohl's Corp and Nordstrom Inc , two large U.S. retailers, reported sharply lower quarterly profits on Thursday and warned of worse-than-expected results for the rest of the year, just weeks before the critical holiday shopping season gets under way.
Charlotte Russe Holding Inc reported a fourth-quarter loss on markdowns Wednesday, the same day shareholder KarpReilly Capital Partners LP offered to take the women's-apparel retailer private in a deal valued at about $198.6 million.