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A&P makes senior HR appointment

BY CSA STAFF

Montvale, N.J. Another former OfficeMax executive has made a shift over to A&P, as The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. said Thursday that Carter Knox will assume the role of senior VP human resources & communications.

Prior to joining A&P, Knox was the senior VP human resources for OfficeMax. In his new role at A&P, he will be leading the human resources, field and corporate, labor relations, as well as the company’s public relations & communications departments.

Over the last two weeks, OfficeMax COO Sam Martin took the helm of A&P as its chief executive, followed by Paul Hertz who left OfficeMax as executive VP retail stores to become A&P’s executive VP operations.

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index down 4.45%

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NEW YORK The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index fell to 4.45%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.63% a month ago. According to the company, the Index experienced its third straight month of decline in July, due in large part to weakness in the housing market.

“American households continue to be cautious about spending while economic growth continues to be uneven,” said Alison Paul, vice chairman and Deloitte’s retail leader in the United States.  “At the same time, consumers economized over the past two years and likely have pent up demand for goods they have foregone.  Retailers should consider strategies to stay nimble amid shifts in consumer behavior in the months ahead.  Customer data and business analytics may be particularly valuable for retailers to hone pricing, merchandise and promotions that attract their target consumers.”

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Limited Brands posts earnings gains

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Limited Brands reported that adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter ended July 31, were 36 cents compared with 19 cents for the quarter ended Aug. 1, 2009, which exclude certain significant items in both years as detailed below.

The company reported a comparable store sales increase of 7% for the second quarter ended July 31, compared with the second quarter ended Aug. 1, 2009.  The company reported net sales of $2.243 billion for the second quarter, compared with sales of $2.067 billion last year. 

 

The company stated that it expects 2010 third quarter earnings per share to be 3 cents to 8 cents compared with adjusted earnings per share of 2 cents per share last year.  The company now expects August comparable-store sales to increase in the mid to high single digit range versus its previous guidance for a low single digit increase. 

 

For 2010, the company increased its adjusted earnings per share forecast to $1.68 to $1.83 from $1.60 to $1.80 previously.

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