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Blockbuster Still Committed to Hollywood Entertainment

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas, Blockbuster announced that it remains committed to pursuing an acquisition of Hollywood Entertainment despite the recent announcement of the entry into a definitive merger agreement by Hollywood and Movie Gallery.

“We are disappointed that the special committee of Hollywood’s board of directors elected to enter into a merger agreement with Movie Gallery without giving Blockbuster a fair opportunity to participate in the auction process,” said John Antioco, Blockbuster chairman and CEO. “While it no longer makes sense at this time for Blockbuster to commence a tender offer at $11.50 per share in light of the Movie Gallery agreement, we are evaluating the price that Blockbuster would be willing to offer for Hollywood in light of various factors, including the termination fee to Movie Gallery that is included in the merger agreement.”

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Lowe’s Plans New Data Center

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Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s Cos. says it will open a new data center in Winston-Salem, N.C., in mid-2005. With a staff of 20 to 25 technicians, it will serve as the hub of the retailer’s IT operations.

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Macy’s Settles Racial Profiling Charges

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New York City, Federated Department Stores’ Macy’s East division settled New York State charges that it relied on racial profiling to identify shoplifters. The company agreed to a $600,000 payment and to change the way it trains security personnel.

The charges centered around reports that Hispanic and African-American customers were unfairly accused of shoplifting. The state began an investigation into the claims in July 2003.

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