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Costco CEO Receives $3.8M in Compensation

BY CSA STAFF

Portland, Ore. Costco Wholesale Corp.’s president and CEO James Sinegal received compensation valued at $3.8 million for the 2008 fiscal year, according to a proxy statement filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

That represents a 25% increase in calculated payment from the prior year.

Sinegal was awarded a $350,000 salary, an $80,000 bonus and $67,130 in other payments such as a vehicle allowance, life insurance and health-care premiums.

The company also granted Sinegal restricted stock and option awards that had an estimated value of nearly $3.3 million on the days they were awarded.

Costco had a strong performance in the 2008 fiscal year, as its reported profit rose 19% to $1.28 billion, or $2.89 per share. Revenue for the year rose 13% to $72.48 billion.

Costco has benefited during the recent economic downturn as consumers flock to its stores for deals on necessities such as food and gas.

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GameStop offers Nintendo DS reservations

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GRAPEVINE, TEXAS GameStop has launched a reservation program for the Nintendo DS, a popular gift item this holiday season. GameStop’s program allows customers to make in-person reservations at any GameStop location in the United States, to guarantee they will get a Nintendo DS.

The reservation process requires payment in full at $129.99 plus tax, with projected delivery between Dec. 28 and Jan. 15, 2009. Customers will receive a co-branded GameStop and Nintendo DS gift card tin to ensure that special someone has a great gift to open this holiday season.

When the reserved Nintendo DS system arrives, the gift-giver will receive a telephone call indicating that their system is available for pick-up. Nintendo DS systems must be picked up at the store location where the reservation was placed.

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ODP earns Arkansas Business honor

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BOCA RATON, Fla. Office Depot announced that it has been named the “Best Place To Purchase Office Supplies” by Arkansas Business magazine. Winners of the “Best of Business Awards” were voted on by the readers of Arkansas Business.

“Office Depot has been taking care of business for customers in Arkansas for more than 17 years, and we are thrilled to receive this award as voted on by the Arkansas businesses themselves,” said Steve Schmidt, president of Office Depot’s North American Business Solutions Division. “From pens and pencils to office furniture and technology, Office Depot provides business customers with the highest quality office products and the smart solutions they need to succeed.”

In addition to naming Office Depot the “Best Place To Purchase Office Supplies,” readers of Arkansas Business also ranked Office Depot in the top three of the “Best Place To Purchase Office Equipment” and “Best Place To Purchase Office Furniture” categories.

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