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Apple closes stores for Steve Jobs memorial

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Apple is closing its stores for several hours on Wednesday so employees can watch a webcast of a memorial service celebrating the life of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, the Associated Press reported.

The service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at company headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. It will be webcast to employees worldwide.

The service reportedly will take place in the campus’ outdoor amphitheater, according to Cook’s email.

The event follows a memorial at Stanford University last Sunday for family and friends. Among those in attendance were Microsoft’s Bill Gates, former president Bill Clinton, and U2’s Bono.

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Ashley Furniture taps TD Retail Card Services to develop credit card program

BY Staff Writer

Mahwah, N.J. — Ashley Furniture Industries has selected TD Retail Card Services (TDRCS) to develop and administer a private label credit card program for its Furnish123 retail concept. The format is focused on single-category pricing.

Under the agreement, the Mahwah, N.J-based business unit of TD Bank, N.A., will direct all facets of the program for Furnish123. It will offer consumers a variety of custom financing options, as well as other special incentives and offers.

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Charming Shoppes expands online presence globally

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bensalem, Pa. — Plus-size retailer Charming Shoppes said Tuesday that it expanded its online reach globally, allowing worldwide online access to fashion brands Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, Fashion Bug and Loop 18, as well as the more than 300 brands offered at the company’s new plus-size shopping hub, Sonsi.com.

Charming Shoppes’ partnership with New York City-based e-commerce provider FiftyOne has expanded online shopping to more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. According to the company, all international orders are inclusive of duty, VAT and customs clearance with no surprise C.O.D. charges.

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