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EU quotas on cards if boards don't recruit women

Viviane Reding the EU's gender equality commissioner, warned last week that Europe will suffer if it does not promote more women to top positions because of a shortage of talent across an ageing continent.

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Sales rise of 17% puts fizz back into LVMH

LVMH, the world's biggest luxury goods group, posted sparkling first-quarter sales figures for all of its businesses. The maker of Moët et Chandon champagne and Louis Vuitton handbags saw its sales grow by 17 per cent to €5.25bn (£4.6bn) over the three months, and reported "strong momentum" in the US, Europe and Asia. Revenues for watches and jewellery surged by 28 per cent.

Loewe shifts its global design

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Marc Jacobs executive sues firm over 'oppressively gay' office

There is a pole at the fashion house that bears the name of New York's socialite designer Marc Jacobs, but it is of the dancing – rather than greasy – variety. And employees seeking advancement had better not mind looking at gay porn with the boss.

Loewe rolls out new store design worldwide

Spanish luxury brand Loewe, part of French giant LVMH, is embarking on a global roll-out of a new store design by retail architect supremo Peter Marino. This week it opened in Mount Street, London, following its debut in Valencia. Loewe chief executive Lisa Montague (left) is working with creative director Stuart Vevers to improve and widen the brand's appeal. Locations next on the list for the new design are Barcelona, Madrid, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Even men know luxury brands need more of a woman's touch

LVMH has many female executives,including its head of human resources. Margareta Pagano meets Chantal Gaemperle

A flourish for fetish: Louis Vuitton unleashes its new objects of desire

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