Next To Trim Annual Full Price Sales Guidance, To Tackle The Slow-Down In Consumer Spending.

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Next has issued another downbeat trading statement, lowering its guidance on full price sales for its current financial year.

The FTSE 100 firm, which had previously warned that the year could prove the toughest since the financial crisis, said annual profits could also be dented further after full price sales decreased by 0.9% between 31 January and 2 May.

Store sales were down 4.7%.

It blamed wintry weather extending into March and April for denting demand but there were early signs now of a pick-up given brighter conditions in recent days.

Next said it was trimming its annual full price sales guidance to between -3.5% and 3.5%.

It added that profits could dip by as much as almost 9% in its new range of between £748m and £852m.

The figures, Next said, represented a fall of almost 9% or growth of 3.7% respectively.

It added that there were possible early indications of a wider slowdown in consumer spending – a scenario retail industry body the British Retail Consortium was aiming to tackle in a separate report on Wednesday highlighting three years of shop price deflation.

Next’s trading statement said: “Much colder weather in March and April reduced demand for clothing, particularly over the Easter holiday period, which was unusually warm last year.

“In the same period our home and furniture full price sales, which are much less weather dependant, were up 7%.

“We believe it is unlikely (but possible) that sales will deteriorate further, and we have seen a significant improvement over the last few days as temperatures have risen.

“However, the poor performance of the last six weeks may be indicative of weaker underlying demand for clothing and a potentially wider slow-down in consumer spending.”

Julie Palmer, partner and retail expert at Begbies Traynor, said: “Worryingly the upcoming EU referendum could further dampen the retailer’s spirits as both consumers and investors alike take a more cautious approach to their finances ahead of the Brexit vote.”

Next’s share price has lost almost a third of its value since the start of the year.

It fell almost 2% in early trading before recovering ground quickly to be the strongest riser on the FTSE 100 – up more than 3% as investors digested hopes that positive sales of recent days suggested shoppers were waiting for warmer weather to arrive.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1689828/next-reduces-full-price-sales-guidance

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BirdMan Launches New Merchandise, Following “Put Some RESPEK On My Name” Rant At The Breakfast Club On Friday April 22.

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Birdman flew 20 goons To New York on Friday (April 22), to confront The Breakfast Club’s Radio hosts, demanding ‘RESPEK on his NAME’.  Here is the actual footage from the interview.

Youtube Published on 22 Apr 2016: Birdman THREATENS The Breakfast Club “Respek my F*ckin Name”

Birdman being the business man his is, is planing to capitalize on this by releasing a series of shirts and sweatshirts with several comments from his abbreviated “The Breakfast Club” interview Friday (April 22).

Shirts with “Put Some Respek On My Name,” “Finish Or You Done” “Got No More Talkin’” and “I Ain’t Gonna Say It No Mo” are available on Cash Money’s Merch Direct site


The catch phrases were some of the most discussed and mocked comments from Birdman’s brief interview with “The Breakfast Club” Friday. 

“Stop playing with my name,” the Cash Money Records boss said at the onset of his appearance. “Nigga, when my name come up, respect it. Stop playing with my fucking name.”

The New Orleans rapper-executive did not specially say what he was upset with the New York radio show about, but in 2015, the program interviewed Rick Ross and Trick Daddy, both of whom criticized Birdman. 

The Birdman merchandise is only one of the results of the interview. Monday (April 25), Charlamagne posted a video of the cases of Belaire that he said Rick Ross sent him, while Young Thug threatened to torture Charlamagne for his treatment of Birdman.

Source: http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.38533/title.birdman-put-some-respek-on-my-name-shirts-now-available

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Tyler The Creator Release A New T Shirt With Image Of Trump With Hitler’s Moustache.

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Tyler the Creator is adding his voice to the many decrying Donald Trump‘s presidential run.

The Odd Future rapper is set to release a T-shirt that compares the entrepreneur to former Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The pink shirt shows an image of Trump with Hitler’s signature mustache penciled onto his upper lip.

The message on the shirt is as follows:

“President Of The United States

Donald J. Trump


We Fucked Up


Tyler the Creator’s Donald Trump T-shirt is slated to go on sale at 5 p.m. PST at his Golfwang online shop.

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Gucci Ad Banned After A Complaint Was Made Over The Size Of 2 Models

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A Gucci advert has been banned by the advertising watchdog because it featured a model who appears “unhealthily thin” and “gaunt”.

The advert included two models – one leaning up against a wall in a colourful dress and another in a yellow outfit sitting on a sofa.

A complaint was made about both, who appeared in stills at the end of a video on The Times website in December 2015.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld the complaint saying the “torso and arms” of the model standing up “were quite slender and appeared to be out of proportion with her head and lower body”.

It went on: “Further, her pose elongated her torso and accentuated her waist so that it appeared to be very small.

“We also considered that her sombre facial expression and dark make up, particularly around her eyes, made her face look gaunt.

Gucci advert ruled irresponsible

A complaint was made about both models in the advert

“For those reasons, we considered that the model leaning against the wall appeared to be unhealthily thin in the image, and therefore concluded that the ad was irresponsible.”

The Italian fashion house has been told the advert must not appear again in its current form.

Gucci told the ASA the advert was aimed at an older, sophisticated audience and that it felt the model appeared “toned and slim”.

It said nowhere in the ads were any models’ “bones” visible.

It said their make up was natural and the lighting uniform and warm to ensure there were no hollows caused by shadows and their clothes were not revealing.

Gucci UK told Sky News: “We take our responsibilities as an advertiser very seriously in the way models are selected for and presented in our advertising campaigns.

“We have noted, but are not in agreement with, the assessment of the UK Advertising Standards Authority, an independent regulator, in relation to one model featured in one image from our Cruise 2015 campaign.

“The campaign itself expired at the end of December 2015.”



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Nike Introduces New HyperAdapt 1.0 With Adaptive Lacing Capabilities.

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“Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Beers began pondering the mechanics shortly after meeting Hatfield, who dreamed of making adaptive lacing a reality. He asked if she wanted to figure it out — not a replication of a preexisting idea but as “the first baby step to get to a more sophisticated place.” The project caught the attention of a third collaborator, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker, who helped guide the design.

The process saw Beers brainstorming with a group of engineers intent on testing her theories. They first came up with a snowboard boot featuring an external generator. While far from the ideal, it was the first of a series of strides toward Beers and Hatfield’s original goal: to embed the technical components into such a small space that the design moves with the body and absorbs the same force the athlete is facing.

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

“It’s a platform,” Beers says, “something that helps envision a world in which product changes as the athlete changes.”

The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge, Hatfield adds, as it would provide tailored-to-the-moment custom fit. “It is amazing to consider a shoe that senses what the body needs in real-time. That eliminates a multitude of distractions, including mental attrition, and thus truly benefits performance.”

He concludes, “Wouldn’t it be great if a shoe, in the future, could sense when you needed to have it tighter or looser? Could it take you even tighter than you’d normally go if it senses you really need extra snugness in a quick maneuver? That’s where we’re headed. In the future, product will come alive.”

In short, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first step into the future of adaptive performance. It’s currently manual (i.e., athlete controlled) but it makes feasible the once-fantastic concept of an automated, nearly symbiotic relationship between the foot and shoe.

Read on: http://news.nike.com/news/hyperadapt-adaptive-lacing

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Several studies suggest that the original Barbie can make children feel self-conscious about their weight, shape and color

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Playtime could broaden kids’ perspectives and ideas of what is “good” when it comes to body image, as new, diverse toys come onto the market, sociologists say.

Last week, Mattel announced a new line for its iconic Barbie that includes dolls with tall, curvy and petite body types. These dolls have seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles, Mattel said in a news announcement.

Meanwhile, Lego plans to sell a minifigure in a wheelchair in its “Fun in the Park” building set this June, Lego spokesman Michael McNally said. [Gift Ideas for Kids: Best Educational Toys and Games of 2016]

The changes have set the toy (and sociology) world abuzz.

“I’m completely in favor of it,” said Kjerstin Gruys, a postdoctoral scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. “The most consistent thing that predicts healthy body image among girls and boys is developing an openness that bodies come in all shapes and sizes in addition to all textures and colors.”

In a 2006 study published in the journal Developmental Psychology, 162 girls, 5 to 8 years old, were told to look at images of Barbie dolls, Emme dolls (which have more realistic body shapes) or no dolls. Later, they answered questions about body image.

Lego minifigure in wheelchair
Lego is rolling out a minifigure in a wheelchair this coming June.

The younger girls who looked at Barbie reportedly had lower body esteem and a “greater desire for a thinner body shape,” after playtime, the researchers wrote. That’s concerning, because body dissatisfaction is a predictor for unhealthy eating behaviors, “particularly dieting, which is the strongest predictor of developing an eating disorder,” Gruys said.

However, the effect didn’t hold for the older girls in the study, the researchers found.

“While some people might say, ‘Oh, that’s because younger girls don’t have the filter to think critically,'” the truth is likely more complicated, Gruys said. Perhaps the older girls have already internalized body image messages from Barbie (and, let’s be honest, most of the media) by the time they’re 8 years old.

By then, “playing with a Barbie doesn’t impact the way they feel because they already feel that [way] about themselves,” she said.

Barbie isn’t the only glamorized figure. Children are bombarded with images of beautiful skinny models and actors on a daily basis. But thin bodies aren’t “bad,” Gruys said. “The issue is that when children only see one kind of body, it limits their ability to view any other kind of body as OK.”

The doll may also discourage girls’ career goals. In a 2014 study in thejournal Sex Roles, 37 girls, 4 to 7 years old, played with a Doctor Barbie, Fashion Barbie or a Mrs. Potato Head doll for 5 minutes. Afterward, they answered questions about whether girls or boys could do specific jobs. [Why Is Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys?]

The Mrs. Potato Head girls said that they could do more of the jobs than did the Barbie group (even those who played with Doctor Barbie), the researchers found.

“That was the most direct linkage I’ve seen in a study between playing with stereotypically, highly feminized toys like Barbie and career outcomes,” said Elizabeth Sweet, a lecturer of sociology at the University of California, Davis, who was not involved with the study.

Diverse dolls

The new Barbie Fashionistas may expand children’s views of acceptable body size, but some wonder whether it’s enough.

“It’s a modest change, really,” Sweet told Live Science. “The curvy doll is only a little more curvy, but the tall and the petite girls are still very thin.”

Actually, Sweet said she’s most excited about the diversity in skin color and hair texture. Historically speaking, the majority of toys have donned white skin, said Sweet, who did her dissertation on racial diversityamong toys.

“Between the 1920s and 1970s, there were virtually no nonwhite characters in toys,” Sweet said. “The diversity of toy characters did increase between the 1970s and the 1990s,” but they also became more gendered.

Barbie’s diverse makeover is a real step forward, Sweet said. Yet, Mattel is hardly the only company taking this leap — the U.K. doll company Makies has made dolls with walking canes, hearing aids and birthmarks, and Lammily and Lottie dolls are made to have more realistic body shapes.

Read on: http://www.livescience.com/53617-why-barbie-doll-lego-diversity-matters.html

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