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Casey’s Sued by Cooks, Cashiers

BY CSA STAFF

Ankeny, Iowa Already facing lawsuits from managers claiming not to have been paid overtime, convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores Inc. now faces a new lawsuit in federal court, by cooks and cashiers making similar claims.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday said Casey’s wrongfully denied overtime pay and wages to current and former Casey’s hourly employees. It alleges that Casey’s violated federal and state law by working cooks and cashiers off-the-clock to avoid paying overtime wages as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws.

Court documents allege about 20,000 employees are included in the class and said claims exceed $5 million.

The workers say they were asked to perform tasks before and after their shifts, including cleaning, counting the cash register and selling items to customers. They also claim they were denied mandatory meal and rest breaks.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and unpaid back wages, liquidated damages allowed under federal labor statutes, certification of class action and equitable relief as permitted under individual state laws.

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Books-A-Million holiday sales up 5.3%

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Books-A-Million Thursday announced 5.3% increase in sales for the holiday period.

The company reported that sales for the nine weeks ended Jan. 5 were $130.8 million compared with $124.2 million for the same period last year. Comparable-store sales for the period were flat compared with the same period last year. 

 

Commenting on the results, Sandra Cochran, president and ceo, said, The sales environment for the holiday season proved challenging as we confronted softening economic conditions and a value conscious consumer. Nonetheless, we saw good results in a number of our core book categories as well as strong performances in bargain books and the gift department.”

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Macy’s Inc. Nov.-Dec. comps down 1.1%

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CINCINNATI Macy’s Inc. Thursday reported total sales of $4.6 billion for the five weeks ended Jan. 5, a decrease of 7.4 % compared to total sales of $5 billion in the five weeks ended Dec. 30, 2006.

The company reported that on a same-store basis, Macy’s Inc. sales were down 7.9% in December. According to the company, this is below guidance for December same-store sales to be down between 4% and 7%.

For the November-December period combined, Macys Inc.s same-store sales were down 1.1%.

Given the calendar shift between November and December, we noted previously that the two-month holiday selling period needed to be viewed together rather than each month individually, said Terry Lundgren, Macys Inc. chairman, president and ceo. After a strong November, we had hoped that a more positive sales trend would continue through December. But macroeconomic trends led customers to spend cautiously for the holiday. That said, we remain on track to be within our guidance for same-store sales in the fourth quarter, albeit at the low end of the range of down 2% to up 1%. 

The company expects January same-store sales to be down by 4% to 6% compared with last year.

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