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Birks & Mayors teams with TD Retail Card Services for credit-card program

BY CSA STAFF

Mahway, N.J. Luxury jeweler Birks & Mayors said Friday it has retained TD Retail Card Services to administer the private-label credit card program for U.S. stores operating under the Mayors name.

The announcement comes on the heels of the jeweler’s recent selection of the company to handle the operations of its card program in Canada.

Under the agreement, TD Bank, N.A., will direct all facets of the program for the 30 Mayors stores, which are located across Florida and Georgia and include five flagship locations in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Atlanta’s Buckhead section. 

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Dollar General gets holiday ready

BY CSA STAFF

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General is gearing up for the holidays with a dedicated Web section and $5-or-less toy promotion.

The new Web section at www.dollargeneral.com allows users to search and shop for holiday gifts, offers tips on decorating a Christmas tree and provides budget-friendly recipes.

 

“The new section of our Web site is a one-stop site to help our customers prepare for the holidays,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief merchandising officer. “Using the site, customers can easily plan their holiday shopping trip based on their budget and needs. This is another tool we’re providing to help our customers plan ahead and stretch their resources farther during the holidays.”

 

As part of its holiday promotion, Dollar General is offering nearly 200 items priced for sale at $5 or less, including 75 toys that priced at $1 or less.

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Saks comps improve, Dillard still suffers

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NEW YORK, N.Y. and LITTLE ROCK, Ark Saks and Dillard’s report increased net sales for the month of October.

Saks announced that owned sales totaled $219.8 million for the four weeks ended Oct. 31 compared with $216 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 1, a 1.8% increase. Comparable-store sales increased 0.7% for the month.

For third quarter ended Oct. 31, owned sales totaled $622.7 million compared with $682 million for third quarter ended Nov. 1 the year prior, an 8.7% decrease. Comparable-store sales decreased 10.1% for the quarter.

On a year-to-date basis, for the nine months ended Oct. 31, owned sales totaled $1.79 billion compared with $2.18 billion for the nine months ended Nov. 1 the year prior, a 17.5% decrease. Comparable-store sales decreased 18.5% for the nine-month period.

Management continues to estimate that comparable-store sales will decline in the mid-to-high single digit range in the aggregate for the second half fiscal 2009.

Dillard’s announced that sales for the four weeks ended Oct. 31 were $361.69 million compared with sales for the four weeks ended Nov. 1 the year prior of $406.05 million. Total sales decreased 11%. Sales in comparable-stores decreased 8% for the four-week period.

Sales for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 31 were $1.31 billion compared with sales for the 13 weeks ended Nov. 1 the year prior of $1.48 billion. Total sales decreased 11%. Sales in comparable-stores decreased 9% for the 13-week period.

Sales for the 39 weeks ended Oct. 31 were $4.1 billion compared with sales for the 39 weeks ended Nov. 1 the year prior of $4.76 billion. Total sales decreased 14%. Sales in comparable-stores decreased 12% for the 39-week period.

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