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Abercrombie Profit Edges Up

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New Albany, Ohio Abercrombie & Fitch said Friday that its first-quarter earnings rose 3% from a year ago on stronger sales.

The company said it earned $62.1 million in the three months ended May 3 compared with profits of $60.1 million a year ago.

Sales rose 8% to $800.1 million from $742.4 million last year, while same-store sales fell 3% in the quarter.

Abercrombie last week announced that it will add a second flagship in Europe, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. Abercrombie already has a flagship in London and says it is securing locations for stores in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden. The company also plans to open a store in Tokyo in late 2009.

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Sears.com expands entertainment offerings

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears said it is expanding its online store to include a greater selection of entertainment products. The Sears.com site will feature a wider assortment of books, DVDs, music, software and even customizable art, nearly quadrupling the number of products available on the site.

“We want Sears.com to become a key online resource for all entertainment and home needs, in addition to the quality appliances, tools and apparel for which we are already known,” said Imran Jooma, Sears vp of e-commerce. “The expanded offering allows us to better serve our customers and offer a lot more products than we’re able to provide in our stores.”

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Winn-Dixie looks to streamline operations

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores said it is looking to promote information sharing amongst consumer product manufacturers by partnering with IBM, Priva Technologies and TrueDemand Software to help better align merchandising, marketing and store operations, with a focus on driving more traffic to stores, increasing the average basket size per customer store visit and enhancing customer satisfaction.

This partnership reinforces Winn-Dixies commitment to become a leading neighborhood grocer in every market it serves. The use of industry-standard information will allow for reduced shelf-level out of stocks and the ability to tailor product offerings to fit each individual community in the grocers five-state operating area.

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