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Abercrombie & Fitch brings back racy catalog

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Abercrombie & Fitch is reinstating its racy A&F Quarterly catalog after a seven-year hiatus.

The catalog is available for pre-order on Abercrombie’s site for $10 and will be released July 17.

Abercrombie stopped publishing the quarterly in 2003 following complaints about its sexually suggestive photographs. But the company never gave a reason.

The catalog is part of a larger back-to-school campaign that mainly includes in-store displays. An Abercrombie spokeswoman said the theme for the catalog is a “VIP Backstage pass” to an Abercrombie & Fitch screen test.

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Target.com to sell Glory for Girls beauty products

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DEL MAR, Calif. Target.com will begin selling Glory for Girls eco-friendly beauty products this July.

All of the Glory for Girls products are free of known potentially harmful ingredients, such as artificial colors or fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and hormone disruptors. The 100% vegan formulas are clinically and allergy tested, biodegradable, and the packaging is made of recyclable plastics. All are made in the USA.

“We’re excited about this launch on Target.com,” said Sara Stensaas, beauty buyer for Target.com. “It’s a great concept and they’re great products.”

The complete Glory for Girls line includes face and body washes, lotion, deodorant, lip balms and clarifying products retailing from $7 to $22. The line will be featured in four categories on the Target.com Web site (Natural/Organic, Skincare, Personal Care for Girls and New Arrivals).

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Supervalu expects earnings to fall below guidance

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MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu announced that identical-store sales and net earnings for its first quarter ending June 20 were impacted by a tougher than expected business environment, investments in price and higher levels of promotional spending. As a result, the company will be substantially below First Call consensus earnings for the quarter.

Commenting on the first quarter, CEO Craig Herkert stated, “Since providing guidance on our fourth quarter earnings call, consumers have become more value focused and cautious in their spending which has pressured sales and margins greater than anticipated. We currently estimate our identical-store sales will be approximately negative 3%. We will update annual guidance on July 28 with our first quarter earnings release.” Herkert added, “I am engaged in a full review of our operations and support functions. Supervalu has significant potential and I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts and vision for the business in the months ahead.”

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