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Copycats Heidi Klum on QVC, Iris Apfel on HSN

February 20, 2018

The New York Post did a story Monday on celebrities hawking products by ripping – sorry we mean knocking — off real designers, and both QVC and HSN were cited in the story.

The article, “Attack of the Clones,” talked about one example that we were aware of where a celeb got called out for a product they were selling on QVC. That was the case of model-TV star Heidi Klum, who was in 2007 was sued by high-end jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels for a line she brought to the No. 1 home shopping channel.

Klum’s baubles had a clover-shaped design, which Van Cleef claimed unlawfully imitated its Alhambra collection. QVC pulled the line.

The Post said that the lawsuit was settled and that Klum later claimed that her business partner, Mouawad USA, was not “knowledgeable.”

According to the Post HSN and its owl-eye-glassed vendor Iris Apfel, a Seventh Avenue darling, also got in hot water. In 2011 the married couple that was the force behind Hanna Bernhard alleged that Apfel had copied one of its pins, a large jeweled toucan, for HSN.

The married duo shamed Apfel on their website, charging that Apfel owned their original toucan pin and had imitated it, the Post reported.

HSN later issued a statement saying that Apfel had mistakenly believed that the brooch in her collection was a vintage piece. The objectionable version of the toucan was dropped from Apfel’s HSN line, replaced by a “modified” version, according to the Post.

QVC Queen Joan Rivers Isn’t Sorry For Holocaust Joke

March 5, 2013

Here’s an update on QVC jewelry queen Joan Rivers, dame of the far-mouthed nasty Holocaust and Adele fat jokes. In numerous interviews, Rivers has defended herself and refused to apologize for her recent controversial remarks.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, Rivers sparked outrage with her post-Oscar “Fashion Police” show on E! Entertainment Television. Talking about Heidi Klum’s daring attire at the Oscars, Rivers quipped, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

Then on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Rivers made fun of Adele’s weight. The singer performed what turned out to be the Oscar-winning song,”Skyfall,” during the Oscar telecast.

Last week Rivers, who is Jewish, appeared on on HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” and defended her Klum comment, according to Radar Online.

“It’s a joke, No. 1,” Rivers told host A.J. Hammer. “No. 2. it is about the Holocaust. This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor. My husband (Edgar Rosenberg, who committed suicide) lost his entire family at Auschwitz, so let’s just start with that. Your generation didn’t know what I’m talking about, and by me doing a joke, it gets people talking and thinking. It didn’t bother Heidi… doesn’t bother me.”

Then in the New York Post gossip column, Page Six, on Monday Rivers again defended her Holocaust joke.

“If you want nice, go on Christian Singles and marry someone,” she told the Post.

Joan Rivers’ Heidi Klum Holocaust Joke, Adele Remarks Create QVC Furor

March 1, 2013

Comedian Joan Rivers managed to enrage QVC customers, Jews and singer Adele’s fans last week with her comments regarding the Oscars, remarks that were even over the top for her.

Here’s how it went. During Rivers’ “Fashion Police” Oscar special on E! Entertainment Television Monday night, she made a comment about fellow QVC vendor, and German born, Heidi Klum, that referenced the Holocaust. Talking about Klum’s Oscar dress, Rivers quipped, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”

A real knee-slapper, right? We saw part of that “Fashion Police,” but not the part with that “joke.” Needless to say, the remark sparked a firestorm, with many offended.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

The Anti-Defamation League put out a press release skewering Rivers, calling her joke “vulgar and hideous.”

“Aside from doubling over with laughter, neither Ms. Rivers nor any of the co-hosts responded to the remark, and no apology was offered,” the ADL said. “The segment first aired on Feb. 25 and has since been shown at least four times on the network, and it appeared briefly on YouTube.”

And here is what Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, had to say:

Of all people, Joan Rivers should know better. This remark is so vulgar and offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors, and indeed to all Americans, that we cannot believe it made it to the airwaves. Making it worse, not one of her co-hosts made any effort to respond or to condemn this hideous statement, leaving it hanging out there and giving it added legitimacy through their silence. Almost as bad as her original comment is the fact that she sat there doubled over with laughter after saying it.

There are certain things about the Holocaust that should be taboo. This is especially true for Jews, for whom the Holocaust is still a deeply painful memory. It is vulgar and offensive for anybody to use the death of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust to make a joke, but this is especially true for someone who is Jewish and who proudly and publicly wears her Jewishness on her sleeve.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

QVC customers were almost equally appalled at Rivers on the shopping network’s online boards.

Here are some of those posts:

“She also made a ‘joke’ about Heidi Klum and referenced the Holocaust on Monday night’s episode of Fashion Police. Despicable!”

“Yeah…because the Holocaust is always funny!”

“Picking at celebs is different. They put themselves in the spotlight so thick skin is part of the deal but this ‘joke’? Well, I just have no words…that can be spoken here.”

“I think she is senile. I’m not Jewish, but, I’ve read plenty of history books from that era. She is Jewish and I don’t understand how she can poke fun at her own people like that. My only conclusion is she thinks any publicity is good publicity even if it’s at the expense of suffering and the deaths of millions of people whose only crime was their religion.”

But that’s not all. Rivers was on “Late Night with David Letterman” last week, and apparently made some nasty comments on Adele’s weight, in the wake of the awesome singer’s performance on the Oscar telecast. Those also infuriated QVC customers.



Here’s what they had to say about that on QVC’s online forum:

“For the most part I love Joan Rivers’ jewelry. She has some really pretty items, however, her attitude toward Plus Size women is horrible. I remember many years ago on Johnny Carson she made the statement that ‘fat women should all be locked in a closet.’

I, being a Plus Size woman, was highly offended. Now she comes out from the Oscars ridiculing Adele and her weight. I wonder how many Plus Size women order from Joan Rivers on QVC. I, for one, will never buy another product of hers from QVC or any other place. I don’t know if this is the appropriate place to voice my concern about this, but here it is (if it gets posted).

Not everyone has the money nor the genes that Ms. Rivers has to keep herself looking the way she does. Because I am a Plus Size woman doesn’t make me any less of a human being with feelings. Wake up, Joan! You may lose a lot of clients because of these nasty comments.”

“You know the old saying ‘it is what it is’? Well, Joan will be Joan. Half of what she says is all part of her act. Sometimes she can get carried away, but I feel and its just my opinion she does have a good heart. She is the female, Don Rickles.. You either love her or hate her.”

“I just read this thread after I sent a complaint into QVC directly and asked for a response. Joan was insensitive at least on several occasions recently concerning Adele. Joan does not mind making money off of plus size clothing, her hypocrisy is astounding. I will no longer watch Joan, nor purchase her products. By continuing to carry Joan’s line I think QVC is giving tacit approval to Joan’s comments.

“I hope that Joan will publicly apologize to Adele and all of the plus size QVC customers who have purchased her products in the past. A good comedienne walks a fine line between being funny or witty without offending. Joan has crossed the line. I doubt that a young Don Rickles would find success today with his penchant for offending; he would be called to task for his insensitivity. Times have changed and mean behavior is recognized for what it is and an excuse of trying to be funny, telling a joke, or putting on a show simply is not acceptable.”

“I was watching Letterman when Rivers made those comments about Adele..They were way out of line and so personal…and she just kept it up…The audience really groaned and I think Letterman was shocked when she kept trashing Adele…I know she is a comedienne, but being so hateful about a very talented and popular star like Adele, is not going to get more fans for Rivers….”

“I wonder what would happen if Joan insulted a Q host about her hips, pants, weight or whatever? Or how about a plus size model?”

“She was VERY insulting to Adele last night on Letterman. Making comments on her weight. Not one single bit funny.”

“Adele, is not phony and if she wants to eat that’s between her and her Dr.”

QVC Rips It With LA Red Carpet Party For Oscars

February 25, 2013

Props to QVC for all the press it got out of its red carpet Oscar weekend party in Beverly Hills.

We saw a bit of it live, when Joan Rivers was on. But E! Entertainment News Sunday aired clips of some of the top-name talent that showed up for the shindig.

Jennifer Hudson was there, as were a number of other high-profile QVC vendors, including Camila Alves (Matthew McConaughy’s bride) and Heidi Klum. And there were a mob of other A-list actresses, as well.

Best of all when E! aired its footage, it ran an onscreen bug that said that the clip was taken at QVC’s event.

QVC Heads Back To LA For Red Carpet Show

February 14, 2013
Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

QVC will return to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills (where we once stayed when we were covering cable TV) for its “Red Carpet STYLE – Live from L.A.” broadcast next Friday, Feb. 22.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that QVC will be broadcasting live from the Left Coast, the network said Wednesday.

The cast of characters will include Nicole Richie and Lisa Rinna, in their second QVC red carpet gig, will introduce new apparel from their collections.

Also on hand will be Jennifer Hudson and celebrity-Angelina-Jolie-stylist Jen Rade, who is scheduled to make her QVC debut with the launch of Edge by Jen Rade.

Joan Rivers will be doing accessories while Lori Goldstein and Heidi Klum are also scheduled to present their clothing and jewelry designs.

The cosmetics offerings will include Stila, Drybar and Julep.

“We are heading back to L.A. this awards season for another unforgettable celebration,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement.

Jen Rade

Jen Rade

“In addition to showcasing new products, this year’s broadcast will highlight red carpet moments through unique content from industry insiders. We are sharing the evening with our global QVC partners, and hope to present an unparalleled experience that promises to engage our viewers and inspire customers with style and beauty offerings from our experts.”

Jill Martin will serve as the red carpet correspondent for this shindig. ELLE magazine’s Joe Zee and Goldstein will be giving styling tips, and stylist Cristina Ehrlich has done videos for the broadcast.

Additional segments will spotlight QVC celebrities sharing their personal experiences during awards seasons, both past and present.

QVC will be doing that social media thang, as well. Jeannie Mai will be using Instagram. And don’t forget Twitter: QVC said it will “showcase in-the-moment snapshots of the exclusive affair tagged with hashtag #QVCRedCarpet, creating QVC’s very own ‘Insta-Glam’ experience.”

Drusy Does Good For QVC In The Fourth Quarter, And The Network’s ‘Hipness’ Factor

February 24, 2012

The holiday season last year was pretty merry for QVC.

Domestic QVC’s revenue increased 4 percent to $1.8 billion in the fourth quarter last year and 3 percent to $5.4 billion for the full year, the company reported Thursday.

Gross product revenue increased 4 percent compared to the prior year fourth quarter, average selling price (“ASP”) increased 8 percent from $56 to $60.35 and units sold declined 3 percent.

U.S. revenue, however, maintained a 4 percent increase overall due to an 8 percent increase in shipping and handling revenue as a result of a price increase implemented in the fourth quarter.

For the full year, gross product revenue increased 4 percent compared to the prior year due to a 9 percent increase in ASP from $51.19 to $55.74 and a 4 decline decline in units sold. The decline in units sold resulted in a decline in shipping and handling revenue bringing the overall revenue growth down to 3 percent.

Fourth quarter and full year sales showed strength in electronics, home and accessories products. For the full year, these increases were partially offset by a decline in jewelry product sales.

DECLINE IN JEWELRY! That probably means QVC will be cutting back on it even more! Damn.

In the fourth quarter, QVC’s eCommerce revenue increased 16 percent to $712 million and increased to 40 percent from 36 percent as a percentage of total domestic revenue. For the year, eCommerce revenue increased 15 percent to $2 billion and increased to 37 percent from 33 percent as a percentage of total U.S. revenue.

“QVC’s success in 2011 is a result of our strategy to engage customers with compelling content and unique products at a great value. This focus has allowed us to expand our global market leadership in video and eCommerce retail, despite a tough economy,” QVC president and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement.

“We gained new customers at a record pace by engaging people who love to shop across all our platforms,” he said. “We sustained our 10 quarter track record of double digit eCommerce growth, and established ourselves as a global leader in mobile retail.”

George had plenty to say about QVC during the conference call today with analysts. Here are quotes from a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha,

“We introduced 3.1 million new customers to our brand worldwide and achieved a strong 14 percent growth in revenue from new customers for the year,” George said on the call. “We took our content to the next level with destination remote broadcast for the Oscars, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and Fashion’s Night Out in New York, we partnered with Vogue for 25 to Watch campaign. And we built ‘In The Kitchen with David’ into one of the most popular cooking shows on any network.”

He added, “And we continue to drive growth through an assortment of highly differentiated product offerings. This is [Wen] in hair care with it’s devoted following, Liz Claiborne in New York and Susan Graver in apparel. In jewelry the breakout drusy gem category along with prestige launches like John Hardy and Heidi Klum … In kitchen electrics and consumer electronics, we saw great success with the wide assortment of tablets and e-readers from the Dell Streak to the Toshiba Thrive, the Nook in the iPad.”

Love the drusy.

Matt Harrigan of Wunderlich Securities, who we interviewed when we were working for Multichannel News, had an amusing question.

“I guess as QVC recasts itself and I guess becomes even hipper, if that’s possible, in terms of the customers, are you seeing even more evolution in the product categories you are trying to emphasize, balancing the bar bell of the new customers and the established homes … in terms of the what they are like?” Harrigan asked.

George answered the question.

“All the initiatives we are pursuing we see as giving us gains, both with existing customers and new customers,” he said. “So part of it is this platform expansion being available in more places. eCommerce new customers are younger than TV new customers, mobile customers are younger than eCommerce new customers. We have a disproportionate share of new customers coming in through various forms of eCommerce. That’s part of it, both in businesses like beauty has driven in a younger customer and a lot of the things we do to create buzz and publicity, including our Oscars event tonight. I think all of that’s a broader range of customers.”

George continued. “So we continue to feel good about how our brand is being positioned and feel like we continue to sort of broaden the relevance of the brand across all age groups. One of the things I’ve shared in the past is that the average age of our new customer is slightly younger than the average age of adult female population. I don’t know if that trend will accelerate, but we think we will see it continue.”

QVC’s consolidated revenue, which includes the domestic home shopping network and all the international ones, increased 5 percent in the fourth quarter to $2.6 billion and 6 percent to $8.3 billion for the year.

QVC’s international revenue increased 7 percent in the fourth quarter to $857 million and increased 11 percent to $2.9 billion for the year. The fourth-quarter results included the negative impact of the strengthening of the US dollar against the euro and pound sterling that was offset by the weakening of the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen, whereas the full-year results included the positive impact of favorable exchange rates in each of QVC’s markets.

QVC Japan’s market has rebounded after the tragic events experienced in March with positive sequential full year and fourth-quarter growth compared to the same periods in 2010, with fourth-quarter revenue being the highest in QVC Japan’s history.

QVC Japan’s revenue grew 6 percent and 1 percnt in local currency in the fourth quarter and the full year, respectively. The increase in the fourth quarter was due to increased sales primarily in electronics, home and apparel. For the full year, increased sales in apparel were offset by declines in jewelry and beauty.

margin decline of 69 basis points for the year was primarily due to the negative leverage impact associated with lower sales as a result of the events experienced in March 2011.

QVC Italy continues the trend upward with a 56% sequential sales growth in local currency over the third quarter of 2011 driven primarily by sales in the home, beauty, jewelry and apparel product categories during the year. QVC Italy successfully launched an eCommerce and mobile optimized website in the quarter to strong consumer response and will seek to continue to build a leading multiplatform business in Italy.

Even QVC’s Lisa Robertson Would Say It’s Getting Hot In Here; Heidi Klum Is In The House

September 9, 2011

We’re roasting, and so is QVC host Lisa Robertson.

QVC is about to start broadcasting live from Soho, and Robertson is fanning herself. It must be a zillion degrees in here. We pity the gorgeous models who are clad in winter clothes. Well, we don’t pity them that much. They’re gorgeous.

We were so busy blogging, working hard to keep you guys informed folks, that we missed Heidi Klum. She was literally around the corner from us, taking photos with everyone. Except us.

On the way upstairs again we saw designer Bradley Bayou chatting with someone. Upstairs jewelry stylist and diamond expert Michael O’Connor was walking around, carrying a briefcase.

When we were walkng down the stairs to see the live broadcast kick off, designer Marc Bouwer was walking up the stairs.

Robertson is up on stage with Klum right now.

Gotta run. We want to check out Heidi.

QVC To Debut New Lines From Kris Jenner, Heidi Klum At Fashion’s Night Out

September 6, 2011

QVC is once again making a big fuss for Fashion’s Night Out, which is Thursday. We plan to be there.

QVC is scheduled to broadcast live from SoHo, with “a star-studded lineup of celebrities, stylists and designers unveiling some of this season’s hottest ready-to-wear looks.” They must be referring to The Homeshoppingista.

QVC will open its doors to the public on Thursday at 6 p.m. in celebration of FNO. The crowd will include Heidi Klum, Isaac Mizrahi, Melania Trump and Kris Jenner, receive expert style tips from the likes of Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Dennis Basso and Cristina Ehrlich, and enjoy giveaways and exclusive offers.

An entire area will be dedicated to QVC beauty, offering makeup and skincare consultations as well as showcasing high-tech beauty devices from brands including Laura Geller, MAKE UP FOR EVER, T3, Dr. Gross, Tria, OleHenriksen, tarte, TEMPTU, Bare Escentuals and Clarisonic.

During the event, QVC will showcase special FNO programming with a live broadcast – “Fashion Night’s Out – Live from New York” at 9 p.m., featuring the debuts of WILDLIFE by Heidi Klum, Kris Jenner Kollection and CE by Cristina Ehrlich.
Established QVC designers including Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Amrita Singh and Melania Trump are also scheduled to present new pieces during the show.

QVC’s NY Fashion Week event continues Friday at 11 p.m. with a live broadcast from the SoHo location unveiling new designs from Dennis Basso, Camila Alves, as well as the latest collection from iconic Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, who has additional programming throughout the day on Saturday.

It all concludes with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Live from New York broadcast on Saturday at 10 p.m.. A live runway show will feature new collections from Mizrahi, the Kardashians, Bradley Bayou and an encore appearance by Klum.

“We are thrilled to, once again, bring the excitement of Fashion’s Night Out and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to our viewers,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “With a star-studded list of celebrities and designers as well as access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, this is one programming event that shoppers won’t want to miss.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER, the go-to brand for beauty professionals and makeup enthusiasts around the world, will be creating the looks for both QVC’s FNO and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week broadcasts, and will offer a two-piece smoky metallic eye kit for viewers to purchase.

During all three broadcasts, QVC will once again lend its support to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in its fight against breast cancer by offering Vogue-designed FNO merchandise created especially for QVC. Net proceeds from the sale of these items, sold exclusively through QVC, will benefit “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer,” the charitable initiative of the CFDA Foundation Inc.

It’s all part of QVC’s 25th anniversary celebration, 25 to Watch, highlighting the most engaging moments of the 2011 programming calendar. For more information, visit

We Told You So: Upscale John Hardy Is Doing A Jewelry Line For QVC

September 5, 2011

High-end jewelry designer John Hardy is coming to QVC after all, with a line that’s supposed to debut at Fashion Night Out this Thursday.

He’s just the latest in a series of upscale jewelry vendors, such as Robert Lee Morris, Stephen Dweck and Judith Ripka, to hop on the home-shopping bandwagon.

We broke this story more than a year ago, and then were told that the item was not true. Even though we’ve worked as a writer for decades, we still hate when people lie to us.

So we’d like to work one of our deceased nana’s Puerto Rican espiritismo spells on the execs over at John Hardy and QVC.

In February 2010 we posted an item saying that John Hardy, whose wares are sold in places like Neiman Marcus, was creating a collection for QVC. Someone on the QVC’s forums had written that QVC host Lisa Robertson had said that during a meeting.

We had contacted QVC and John Hardy before we wrote the blog, but they didn’t immediately get back to us.

After our blog appeared, QVC’s Erin Mulholland and John Hardy’s Edith Bagda denied that any such line for QVC was planned.

Well, we just read the 2Q press release for QVC’s parent, Liberty Media.

“We are excited about our strong product and programming line-up for the third quarter as we expand our presence in New York’s Fashion Night Out this September with the exciting premieres of John Hardy jewelry and Heidi Klum accessories,” QVC president and CEO Mike George said in canned statement.

Liar liar, pants on fire.

Seriously, we do hope, with the help of nana Isolina, that your pants do go on fire.

Sorry We’re Late, But QVC’s Revenue Grew 3 Percent In The Second Quarter To $1.2 Billion

September 5, 2011

OK, we realize we’re a month late, but better late than never.

It appears that we simply missed or never get the press notice that announced that Liberty Media, QVC’s parent, was doing its second-quarter earnings call Aug. 9. We dunno which.

But here’s the story.

“QVC had a solid quarter, with revenue growth in all markets,” Liberty uber honcho Greg Maffei said in a canned statement. “We were impressed that Japan was back to growth so quickly after the tragedies of the spring.

QVC’s domestic revenue increased 3 percent in the second quarter to $1.2 billion and adjusted OIBDA increased 1 percent to $305 million compared to the second quarter 2010.

“We are excited about our strong product and programming line-up for the third quarter as we expand our presence in New York’s Fashion Night Out this September with the exciting premieres of John Hardy jewelry and Heidi Klum accessories,” QVC president and CEO Mike George said in canned statement.

“In addition, QVC will broadcast live, select programs from the LA Live complex, featuring a range of QVC personalities and brands, enabling us to provide a localized look and feel for our West Coast audience during their prime television viewing hours,” he said.

The product mix continued to show a steady growth in accessories, apparel and home and a decline in jewelry sales. The average selling price increased 8 percent from $48.10 to $52.02 while total units sold decreased 4 percent to 25.7 million.

Returns as a percent of gross product revenue remained relatively consistent to the prior year period at 18.5 percent. sales as a percentage of U.S. sales grew from 32 percent in the second quarter of 2010 to 35 percent in the second quarter of 2011. Overall, the U.S. adjusted OIBDA margin decreased 64 basis points to 24.8 percent for the quarter due to the previous disclosed change in our QCard arrangement which negatively impacted adjusted OIBDA by about $9 million.

Excluding the negative impact of this arrangement, U.S. adjusted OIBDA increased 4 percent for the second quarter with a slight increase in adjusted OIBDA margin primarily driven by favorable product margins.

QVC’s consolidated net revenue, which includes its international networks, increased 8 percent in the second quarter to $1.9 billion, adjusted OIBDA increased 4 percent to $418 million and operating income increased 4 percent to $281 million.

“We continue to build momentum even in these uncertain economic times with consolidated second quarter net revenue growth of 8 percent,” George said. “Each market experienced net revenue growth in local currency including Japan, which has rebounded nicely after the tragic events experienced in late March.”

He sent on, “Excluding our QVC Italy start up operations and the previously discussed change in our QCard program with GE Money Bank, our adjusted OIBDA growth would have been 8 percent and operating income would have been 11 percent. We continue to see strong global new customer net revenue growth and our global eCommerce revenue now represents 30 percent of our worldwide revenue.

QVC’s international revenue increased 18 percent in the second quarter to $666 million from $565 million including the impact of favorable exchange rates in each of our markets. International adjusted OIBDA increased 13 percent to $113 million and adjusted OIBDA margins decreased 73 basis points for the quarter.

QVC’s international second quarter results include $13 million of adjusted OIBDA loss compared to $5 million in the prior year related to QVC Italy operations that launched in October 2010. Excluding the effects of QVC Italy, international adjusted OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA margins would have increased 20 percent and 51 basis points, respectively, for the quarter.

QVC UK’s revenue grew 4 percent in local currency in the second quarter due primarily to increased sales in apparel and most home categories. These increases were partially offset by declines in fine jewelry.

QVC UK’s average selling price in local currency decreased 1 percent and units sold increased 5 percent for the second quarter. QVC UK’s adjusted OIBDA increased 4 percent and the adjusted OIBDA margin increased 59 basis points due primarily to a favorable inventory obsolescence provision and freight costs offset somewhat by higher distribution costs associated with the QVC Beauty Channel, QVC UK’s second channel, being launched part time on the Freeview DTT platform.

QVC Germany’s revenue grew 7 percent in local currency in the quarter driven by increased sales of apparel, jewelry, and nutrition products. QVC Germany’s average selling price in local currency increased 1 percent for the second quarter and units sold increased 11 percent.

QVC Germany’s returns as a percent of gross product revenue increased 251 basis points from the prior period due in part to a product mix shift to higher return categories including apparel and jewelry. QVC Germany’s adjusted OIBDA increased 21 percent in local currency and the adjusted OIBDA margin increased 199 basis points due to favorable product margins and inventory obsolescence.

QVC Japan’s revenue grew 1 percent in local currency in the second quarter due to increased sales primarily in apparel. QVC Japan’s market has rebounded after the tragic events experienced in March with positive year over year growth achieved in May and June.

QVC Japan achieved growth of 13 percent in units sold for the quarter with the average selling price in local currency declining 10 percent. QVC Japan’s adjusted OIBDA in local currency declined 2 percent and the adjusted OIBDA margin declined 72 basis points due to lower product margins and higher commission expense.

QVC Italy continues the trend from the first quarter – sequential sales growth following a softer than anticipated launch. These sales are primarily in the home and beauty product areas. In the quarter, QVC Italy began to invest in a strong marketing campaign to build awareness and accelerate new customer acquisition, and it plans to monitor these and other fixed costs as they grow into their cost structure.