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Big Lots Brings Tener to the Board Big Lots Brings Tener to the Board

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Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio , Closeout retailer Big Lots appointed James Tener to the board of directors. Tener is president and COO of Brook Mays Music Group. Tener brings a strong retail resume to the position. He was COO of The Sports Authority; executive VP, store operations of OfficeMax, Inc.; president and COO of Busybody, Inc., and senior VP of operations of Pier 1 Imports. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tener held executive operations positions with both Marshall’s and Federated Department Stores.

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Dollar General Disputes Merger Claim

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Goodlettsville, Tenn., Dollar General Corp. said reports that it is seeking to acquire a chain of convenience or grocery stores was inaccurate. “The company has no current plans to make such an acquisition,” according to a statement released today. The report appeared on the Mergermarket.com Web site.

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Sears Sales and Profit Decline in Q4

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Hoffman Estates, Ill., In the fourth quarter ended Jan. 1, Sears’ profits had nowhere to go but down. The chain posted net income of $378 million, a far cry from $2.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, when the sale of the chain’s credit-card business boosted net income dramatically. Merchandise sales and services revenues for the 2004 fourth quarter were $9.6 billion, compared with $10.2 billion in the prior-year period, which contained an extra week.

“Fourth-quarter earnings and revenues met our expectations, with control of costs and expenses offsetting margin pressure,” said chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy. “As we forecasted in October, domestic comparable-store sales were flat during the fourth quarter, with sales increases in October and November offset by a decline in December. The year was marked by further restructuring and repositioning of our core retail business, which slowed short-term results, but positions us well for the future.”

Sears is preparing for its merger with Kmart Corp. to take effect early this year, creating the third-largest U.S. chain, in terms of sales, behind Wal-Mart Stores and The Home Depot.

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