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Amerlux Lighting Solutions Introduces “Profilo” 

BY CSA STAFF

Fairfield, N.J.–based Amerlux Lighting Solutions introduced Profilo, a new family of compact T5/T5HO fluorescent luminaires. Designed for ambient and display lighting applications in commercial and retail spaces, Profilo uses the latest in compact fluorescent lamps and electronic ballast technology. Adding to Amerlux’s EcoTectural product line, Profilo continues its commitment to facilitate sustainable strategies recognized by organizations such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and The U.S Green Building Council.

Compact in size, the Profilo is constructed with a one piece extruded aluminum housing and features a drawer latching system that provides clean joints in continuous row-mounting applications. Aircraft cable suspension in 4-ft. or 8-ft. lengths are standard. Dimming ballast is available as an option. Optics include one or two lamp configurations with compact T5 or T5 high-output fluorescent lamps and a formed snap-in semi-specular parabolic louver with 45-in. cut-off to minimize glare for visual comfort. The symmetrical bat-wing distribution provides a wide space-to-mounting height ratio, which helps to maximize row spacing in open designs and provides high vertical footcandles for wall shelving displays.

The Profilo is also available as a track-mounted unit in two versions. One version has a dual adapter mounting and the other has a single-point mount. These designs provide for precise angle adjustments for wall wash applications. Both versions are available in 2-ft. or 4-ft. units, one or two lamp configurations with compact T5 or T5HO fluorescent lamps. Color finishes include white texture, black texture or silver texture. 
www.amerlux.com

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Sept. sales up 9.7% for Wal-Mart, raises outlook

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores today reported net sales of $34.4 billion for September period ended Oct. 5, an increase of 9.7% over sales of $31.4 for the same period last year.

The company reported that comparable-store sales for September increased 1.4%, excluding fuel.

The company it expects the comparable-store sales of its U.S. operations for the October four-week reporting period to be between flat and 2 %, said Tom Schoewe, evp and cfo.

 

“We estimate that earnings per share from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2008 will change from within our previously stated guidance of 62 cents to 65 cents to a range of 66 cents to 69 cents,” Schoewe said. “For the first two months of the quarter, we have seen improvement in initial margin and expense leverage at the Wal-Mart Stores division, which is driving this change.”

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Banana Republic exec to head Kate Spade

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NEW YORK Liz Claiborne today announced that Deborah Lloyd, former evp of design and product development for Banana Republic, will join the company as co-president and creative director of Kate Spade, effective Nov. 1.

Lloyd will oversee all creative aspects of the Kate Spade and Jack Spade Brands, including, product design, merchandising, creative services and public relations. She will report directly to William McComb, ceo of Liz Claiborne.

Lloyd joins Kate Spade after a six year tenure at Banana Republic where she had responsibility for driving design for all products, for both the women’s and men’s businesses, including accessories and fragrance. Prior to Banana Republic, she spent five years at Burberry, where she was instrumental in re-launching Burberry’s Women’s London Collection, while working closely with Rose Marie Bravo in reinvigorating that business.

Lloyd said: “This opportunity came at a time when only something as creative and entrepreneurial as this could have pulled me away from my present role. What was so compelling was the instant connection that I had to the brand, and I love what it stands for. I really believe Kate Spade is a jewel, and I am very excited to further develop it as a lifestyle brand.”

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