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Clean gets green at Wal-Mart

BY CSA STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Wal-Mart announced today that it will be the first retailer to offer the Clorox’s new Green Works natural cleaning line.

“Sustainability is a priority at Wal-Mart so our team is excited about the new Green Works line,” said Scott McCall, senior vp and general merchandise manager of Wal-Mart. “In fact, when we learned more about the product line, we encouraged Clorox to expedite its global distribution plans and partner with us on marketing to reach the growing number of Wal-Mart shoppers looking for ways to make greener choices that positively impact the environment.”

The Green Works line is made to fit into a sustainable lifestyle, Wal-Mart reported, with products that are made from plant-based ingredients and are formulated to be biodegradable, non-allergenic, packaged in bottles that can be recycled and not tested on animals.

According to Wal-Mart, Green Works natural cleaners already have been shipped to Wal-Mart stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Distribution in Canada begins in February and Mexico in March. Clorox and Wal-Mart are also collaborating on plans to launch in Central and South America, Japan and China.

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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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