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Burkle launches proxy fight

BY CSA STAFF

New York City The battle to control Barnes & Noble is officially on. On Thursday, billionaire investor Ronald W. Burkle nominated three directors to the company’s board after efforts to reach a settlement between the bookseller and Burkle’s Yucaipa Co. failed, and a Delaware state judge rejected Burkle’s bid to overturn the bookseller’s poison pill, which limits an investors’ stake in Barnes & Noble at 20%.

Burkle, who has a 19% stake in the company, is also asking shareholders to amend the poison pill provision.

“Yucaipa believes no legitimate corporate purpose is served by treating the Riggios more favorably than other stockholders,” Yucaipa said in a statement.

The potential proxy fight could pose a major distraction for Barnes & Noble as the company begins to solicit bids for a potential takeover. It also intensifies a battle that has been going on for months between Burkle and Riggio. Both are considered potential bidders for the company.

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Babies’R’Us introduces exclusive line from LittleMissMatched

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WAYNE, N.J. Toys”R”Us Inc. announced that it has paired up with LittleMissMatched to bring an exclusive assortment of baby apparel, accessories, bedding, room decor and nursery furniture to Babies”R”Us stores nationwide.

“LittleMissMatched is one of the most innovative kids’ brands around, and we are excited to bring their playful fashion sensibilities to our merchandise assortment for little ones through this exclusive collection at Babies”R”Us,” said Karen Dodge, chief merchandising officer for Toys”R”Us. “This new LittleMissMatched offering for babies further adds to our broad assortment of distinctive products that can only be found at Babies”R”Us stores.”

Ranging in price from $7.99 to $24.99, LittleMissMatched baby apparel and accessories feature a variety of styles, from classic prints to deco-modern patterns in fabrics such as baby-soft cotton, the company reported. The bedding and furniture line will feature safari-, monkey- and super-star themed designs as well as cribs, changing tables and dressers with interchangeable slats.

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Macy’s, Fox Consumer Products ink ‘Glee’-ful deal

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CENTURY CITY, Calif. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Macy’s have announced the launch of their exclusive “Glee” apparel line.

The apparel line is manufactured by Awake Inc. amd features fashion apparel including t-shirts, fashion tops and hoodies priced from $19.99 to $34.99. The line will be available at all Macy’s stores on Aug. 15.  

“In just a short period of time, ‘Glee’ has inspired millions of fans,” said Martine Reardon, EVP marketing for Macy’s.  “It is our goal to extend that excitement to the Macy’s customer with the products we’ll be showcasing in our stores. There’s something so refreshing about ‘Glee,’ and we are committed to channeling that into exclusive fashion merchandise that will impassion ‘Glee’ fans across the country.” 

According to the companies, the Glee apparel program will be supported through a multi-platform advertising campaign including key placement in Macy’s Back-to-School direct mail, e-mail and social networking.  Glee will also launch through the juniors section on Macy’s.com on Sept. 14 featuring the apparel along with Glee-full activities such as trivia, behind-the-scenes video, wallpaper, photo galleries and more, the companies reported. 

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