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Clipsal From Square D Offers Touchscreen Control

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Palatine, Ill.-The Square D Clipsal Monochrome Touch Screen from Schneider Electric is designed to provide versatile lighting control via a simple, compact user interface for commercial applications such as retail outlets. In addition to being easy to install, customize and use, the Monochrome Touch Screen offers numerous configurations, making it an attractive alternative to multiple single-operation switches, on/off toggles, dimmers and timers that can clutter walls.

It is compatible with all Square D Clipsal devices and the Square D Powerlink NF3000G3C whole-building lighting controller.

The unit holds enough memory to store up to 100 screens, which can include multi-point switching and dimming; master on/off switching; and schedules and scenes with multiple loads. Display and controls can be configured with symbols, images, clocks and text in multiple languages, while area plans and other scenes can be graphically depicted. A standard real-time clock enables schedules for lighting and other tasks, while variable dimming fade rates can be easily configured according to load or lighting zone.

Another plus is a locator option that can be configured to help users find the screen in dim lighting conditions.

The clean-lined, low-profile touchscreen can be wall-mounted without external fittings. A standard built-in receiver allows operation with an included hand-held remote control. A desktop model also is available when wall space is limited.

www.squaredlightingcontrol.com

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Genesco Reports 4Q Results

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Nashville, Tenn., Specialty retailer Genesco, Inc., which sells footwear, headwear and accessories primarily under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Shi by Journeys, Johnston & Murphy, Underground Station, Hatworld, Lids, Hat Shack, Hat Zone and Cap Factory, reported net sales for the 14-week fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 increased 17% to $476.9 million, compared to $406.3 million for the 13-week fourth quarter of fiscal 2006. Excluding the 14th week in fiscal 2007, the sales increase from the comparable 13-week period last year was about 11%.

For the 53-week fiscal year ended Feb. 3, 2007, the company reported earnings before discontinued operations of $68.2 million, compared to $62.6 million for the year prior.

Net sales for the 53-week fiscal year 2007 increased 14% to $1.5 billion, compared to $1.3 billion for the year prior.

By brand, net sales results for the fourth quarter were: Journeys Group increased 22% to about $234 million, with same-store sales rising 6%; Hat World Group sales increased 19% to about $116 million and same-store sales declined 1%; Underground Station Group net sales were $49 million, with same-store sales declining 15%; Johnston & Murphy’s net sales increased 17% to about $57 million.

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Talbots Releases Financial Results

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Hingham, Mass., The Talbots, Inc., announced Wednesday its results for the 14-week and 53-week periods ended Feb. 3, 2007, compared to the 13-week and 52-week periods ended Jan. 28, 2006.

J. Jill posted a 4Q loss and the Talbots brand posted a 4Q profit. Total consolidated company sales in the fourth quarter were $638 million, with retail store sales increasing from $414 million to $433 million for Talbots. J. Jill posted fourth-quarter sales of $91 million.

Total comp-store sales declined 1.6% for the 13-week period ended Jan. 27, 2007, compared to the 13-week period ended Jan. 28, 2006. By brand, comp-store sales for Talbots decreased 2.1%. For the J. Jill brand, comp-store sales increased 1.5% for the period.

For the full year ending Feb. 3, 2007, total consolidated company sales were $2,231 million; by brand, retail store sales increased to $1,604 million for Talbots compared to $1,544 million last year, and were $242 million for J. Jill from the date of acquisition. Total comp-store sales rose 1.7% compared to the 52-week period ended Jan. 28, 2006. By brand, comp-store sales for Talbots increased 1.3%. For J. Jill, comp-store sales decreased 4.4% since the date of acquisition.

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