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Sales of rings and the introduction of Disney jewelry at its concept stores helped boost the brand’s revenues in the fourth quarter.
The Seattle-based e-tailer plans to open a standalone store in one of the country’s “top malls” where customers can see and try on its rings, though they will still have to buy them online.
Sales were strong for Bulgari in 2014 while the luxury conglomerate’s timepiece brands struggled because of “cautious purchasing” among retailers.
Sales growth in the U.S. outpaced that of other regions in the third quarter for Richemont, with jewelry and Net-a-Porter turning in the strongest performances.
The popularity of its new “T” collection did not translate into strong sales across the board for Tiffany & Co., the retailer reported Monday.  
Stores under the Zale umbrella recorded better-than-expected holiday sales while comps at Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry fell short of expectations. 
J.C. Penney reported that same-store sales rose 4 percent in Nov. and Dec. and said that it plans to close only a very small percentage of its stores this year.
Sears Holdings Corp. reported Thursday that a total of 235 stores, mostly Kmarts, have been closed or marked for closing in an effort to cut costs amid stagnant sales and growing losses. 
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