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Bon Ton boosts net sales, lowers net loss

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York, Pa. – The Bon Ton Stores, Inc. increased net sales and reduced its net loss during first quarter fiscal 2013. The retailer reported net sales of about $647 million, a 1% improvement from about $641 million a year earlier. Net loss equaled $26.6 million, as opposed to a net loss of $40.8 million in first quarter fiscal 2012. Same store sales increased 1.2%.

Brendan Hoffman, president and CEO of Bon Ton Stores, said the company is making “meaningful progress” on strategic initiatives and was able to increase same store sales despite inclement weather during the quarter. He cited several factors as positively impacting different areas of Bon Ton’s performance.

“Enhancements to our e-commerce business again yielded double-digit sales growth while we saw increased penetration of proprietary credit card sales due to concentrated efforts to drive this business,” said Hoffman.

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Cato Corp. has down quarter

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Charlotte, N.C. – Specialty women’s apparel and accessories retailer Cato Corp. reported declining sales and net income during first quarter 2013. Sales dropped 2% from $272.8 million to $267.2 million, while net income fell 3% from $31.7 million to $30.8 million. Same-store sales also declined compared to the same quarter a year earlier, by 5%.

“Continuing difficult economic conditions, higher payroll taxes, delayed income tax refunds and cooler than normal temperatures in March and April negatively impacted first quarter sales," said John Cato, chairman, president, and CEO of Cato Corp.

During the first quarter, the company opened three stores, relocated one store and closed six stores. As of May 4, 2013, the company operated 1,307 stores in 31 states, compared to 1,293 stores in 31 states as of April 28, 2012.

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Unruly Media study: This Bud video’s for you

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New York — Almost all (97%) social video ad shares of alcohol brands during fourth quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013 were for four brands, Budweiser, Neft Vodka, Carlsberg and Heineken, according to a new report from Unruly Media.

Findings from “Untapped Potential: The State of Sharing in the Alcohol Sector” indicate Budweiser (59%) and Neft (24%) accounted for most of this social sharing activity.

Overall, wine brands have been the slowest to embrace social video ads, accounting for less than 1% of sharing activity.

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