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Dillard’s Seeks to Reassure Investors on Debt

BY CSA STAFF

Little Rock, Ark. Dillard’s Inc. on Friday offered more details about its financial position in an effort to reassure investors.

In its statement, the company said has a $1.2 billion credit line with JPMorgan Chase Bank as the lead agent. At the peak of demand in late November, the company said it should still have more than $500 million available.

Dillard’s also said that after it pays $100 million in debt which comes due on Nov. 15, long-term loans that will be due over the next two years total less than $26 million.

Also, it said the closure of 20 stores so far this year reduces its working capital needs by more than $50 million. It has also lowered the number of planned new stores to be opened in 2009, so capital expenditures next year have been slashed to $120 million from $204 million in fiscal 2008.

Dillard’s also said it expects to save $50 million in general operating costs in fiscal 2008.

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CVS Caremark 3Q earnings up 18.8%

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark announced that net revenues for the third quarter ended Sept. 27, increased $368.2 million to $20.9 billion, up from $20.5 billion during the third quarter ended Sept. 29, 2007.

Revenues in the retail drug store segment increased 5.3% to $11.5 billion in the third quarter, while same-store sales in the Companys CVS/pharmacy division for the third quarter rose 3.7% over the prior year period.

 

Earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter increased 18.8% to $818.8 million compared with earnings from continuing operations of $689.5 million in the comparable 2007 period.

Tom Ryan, chairman, president and ceo of CVS Caremark said, “Im pleased to report strong third quarter results, which were right in line with our expectations despite the uncertain economic environment.”

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OfficeMax delays 3Q earnings release

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. OfficeMax announced that it has delayed the release of its full 2008 third quarter earnings results so that the company can complete its analysis of the non-cash impairment charge caused by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings. OfficeMax continues to expect no adverse impact on its operations or liquidity as a result of the Lehman bankruptcy based on additional review completed since issuing its Sept. 19 press release.

Total sales in the third quarter of 2008 decreased approximately 9.5% to approximately $2.1 billion compared to the third quarter of 2007.

OfficeMax retail segment sales were approximately $1.05 billion in the third quarter of 2008, reflecting a same-store sales decrease of about 11.1% partly offset by sales from new stores. Retail same-store sales for the third quarter of 2008 declined across all major product categories due to weaker U.S. consumer and small business spending. Retail segment operating income for the third quarter of 2008 was approximately $29.1 million, or about 2.8% of sales, compared to operating income of $45.3 million, or 4.0% of sales, in the third quarter of 2007.

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