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Borders to Launch New Site

BY CSA STAFF

Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group Inc. has announced the launch of its new beta-version Web site, the company said on Wednesday.

While the site is set to officially launch during the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, it is still in early stages of completion. The Web site reportedly will include videos, Borders Book Club resources, and sample pages from books.

In addition to a new independent Web site, Borders plans to make changes to its retail stores, adding interactive features via kiosks.

In May, Borders announced that it hired AT&T subsidiary Sterling Open Management to manage the new site. Previously, Borders and online retailer Amazon.com worked alongside each other for more than five years.

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Best Buy 2Q revenue boosted by store growth

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy today reported revenue of $8.8 billion for the second quarter ended Sept. 1, an increase of 15% compared with $7.6 billion for the prior year’s period. The company attributes the rise in revenue to new U.S. store openings, strong growth in the international segment and a company comparable-store sales gain of 3.6%.

The company reported net earnings for the quarter of $250 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, an increase of 17% over net earnings of $230 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, for the prior-year period. 

 

“We’re pleased with the strong outcome that our dedicated employees delivered for the quarter,” said Brad Anderson vice chairman and ceo of Best Buy. “Our results were better than we expected, as we continued to adapt to the marketplace and changes in customer needs.”

Best Buy said that it is updating its fiscal 2008 diluted EPS outlook to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.15 and for comparable-store sales to be near the middle of its range of 3% to 5%.  

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Long-time DeCA ceo to retire in October

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Fort Lee, Va. Defense Commissary Agency announced that after nearly 30 years of service, Patrick Nixon, director and ceo of the company, will retire effective Oct. 27.

Nixon has served the past three years as DeCA’s acting director and its director and ceo, after being appointed ceo in 2001. He is the agency’s first career civil servant to have been appointed DeCA director.

 

“The decision to retire was certainly not an easy one,” Nixon said. “I have enjoyed every job, every friendship and every challenge. I started this ride in 1966 with a three-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps that included a 21-month tour in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division. I gave my heart pretty early on to the men and women of our country’s armed forces and I have been truly fortunate to have assumed a progressively active leadership role in providing the premier quality of life benefit to our country’s most deserving customers and their families around the world.”

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