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Brooks Bros. Opens Second Store in Italy

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Florence, Italy, Apparel retailer Brooks Bros. has opened a new flagship store in Florence, Italy, at Via della Vigna Nuova, an upscale shopping center. The company already operates a store in Milan, which opened in fall 2003. Brooks Bros. also operates international stores in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

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Tweeter Has Tough 4Q, Year

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Canton, Mass., Tweeter Home Entertainment Group narrowed its net loss to $10.3 million from $12.6 million in its fourth quarter ended Sept. 30. Total revenues were down 3.1% to $175.9 million, as comp-store sales sank 3.5%.

For the fiscal year, Tweeter’s net loss widened to $18.2 million from $11.7 million the year before. Sales were up 0.1% to $778.2 million, despite a 1% decline in same-store sales.

The company said its results were impacted by hurricanes, which disrupted store operations across the Southeast, and the discontinuation of the retailer’s Bang & Olufsen stores.

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Wal-Mart Will Allow Unions in China

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Beijing, Under pressure from the Chinese labor federation, Wal-Mart Stores said it would allow workers to set up a trade union in its Chinese stores if employees request it.

“Should associates request formation of a union, Wal-Mart China would respect their wishes and honor its obligations under China’s Trade Union Law,” the retailer said in a statement. “Currently, there are no unions in Wal-Mart China because associates have not requested that one be formed.”

The 123-million member All China Federation of Trade Unions, a state organ that controls virtually every union in the country, had threatened to sue Wal-Mart and other companies based outside China if they don’t set up union branches in their China operations.

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