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Chico’s Posts Strong Quarter

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Fort Myers, Fla., Chico’s FAS posted a record second quarter net income of $49 million, an increase of 38.4%. Comparable-store sales for the company-owned stores increased 15.7% for the 13-week period ended July 30, compared to the same 13-week period last year. Net sales for the second quarter rose 34.6% to a record $343 million, up from $255 million.

The company also announced that it plans to open 20 new Soma by Chico’s stores during fiscal 2006 over and above the combined 20% net square footage growth rate planned for the Chico’s and White House | Black Market brands. Scott A. Edmonds, president and CEO, commented, “The second quarter came in with very strong results as we generated an operating margin in excess of 22%, a sales increase of 35% and a net income increase of over 38%.”

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Wal-Mart Sells $2.5 Billion in 30-Year Bonds

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New York City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sold $1.5 billion in 30-year bonds on Wednesday, according to JP Morgan. Initially, Wal-Mart planned to sell $2.0 billion. Before the sale, demand for the bonds was expected to be high since 30-year corporate bonds are relatively rare. This sale is Wal-Mart’s second offering since Aug. 8, when it issued $800 million of five-year notes, according to Bloomberg data.

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Coach Profits Bigger Than Expected

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Chicago, Coach Inc. reported that its quarterly profit would likely beat expectations. The company said strong sales of its handbags for the fall season drove the increase. Coach said first-quarter earnings would be at least 25? per share on sales of at least $445 million. Analysts expected a profit of 24? per share.

Three top Coach executives signed extensions to stay with the company through August 2011: chairman and chief executive Lew Frankfort, executive creative director Reed Krakoff and COO Keith Monda.

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