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Luxury Biz on Edge After Japan's Earthquake

The Japanese are the world's most voracious consumers of luxury goods, from Louis Vuitton handbags to Cartier jewelry to Hermes high fashion. So purveyors of those luxury goods are justifiably worried about the effect of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on their bottom lines.

Beer-Budget Gifts from High-End Brands

Recognizing that even the well-heeled have money problems these days and trying to expand their customer base, many luxury-goods sellers now have something for (almost) everyone. Here's a rundown of some less-pricey goodies you can get at the toniest shops in town.

Gucci Has Designs on the Luxury Hotel Market

The Gucci name has gone from designer leather goods to designer clothes -- now, it's getting into the hospitality business. Elisabetta Gucci Hotels, led by the daughter of designer Paolo Gucci, plans to open its first boutique hotel in Dubai this year.