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Bon-Ton Eyeing Saks

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New York, Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is said to be among the potential buyers for part of Saks, Inc. The retailer, which acquired the former Hess’s dept. store chain about 10 years ago, is considering teaming up with private equity firms to buy all of Saks, according to New York intelligence firm Mergermarket.

Bon-Ton recently completed the sale of its credit card business to HSBC Retail Services, resulting in net proceeds of $90 million.

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Whole Foods Posts Healthy Growth

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Austin, Texas, Lifted by comparable-store sales growth of 15.2%, Whole Foods Market reported sales of $1.1 billion for the third quarter ended July 3, an increase of 23% increase compared to the same period last year. Net income increased 31% to $41.7 million.

“We are producing impressive sales and earnings results even as we compare against one of the best years in our company’s history,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market CEO, Chairman and Co-founder, in a prepared statement. “Our comparable stores have produced a sales increase of 12.6% year to date on top of a 15.2% increase last year, our new stores continue to perform above our expectations, producing a record $618,000 in average weekly sales during the quarter, and our net income has increased 27% year to date on top of a 34% increase last year.”

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McGuire Named Tweeter CEO

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Canton, Mass., Consumer electronics retailer Tweeter Home Entertainment Group named Joe McGuire as president and CEO. McGuire has been serving as interim CEO since March 15. He said today that the company would soon release its third quarter earnings report. “We need an extra day or two to complete the review of our accruals and reserves around our restructuring charges and discontinued operations allocation from our store closing plan,” he said. “Many of these constitute significant estimates on the company’s part, and we want to be sure that we are comfortable with them.”

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