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Dillard’s sees strong profit growth in Q1

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Little Rock, Ark. — Dillard’s said Friday that net income for the quarter ended April 28 rose to $95 million, from $76.7 million in the year-ago period, setting a company record for profit increases.

Sales rose to $1.55 billion, from $1.47 billion. Same-store sales climbed 5%, the department store retailer’s seventh consecutive quarter of comp increases.

Dillard’s said it saw its greatest strength in the first quarter from the central region of the United States, followed by the eastern and the western regions.

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Gordmans Q1 net income rises 10%, to open five stores in 2012

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Omaha, Neb. — Midwestern discount department store retailer Gordman’s Stores said Friday that profit for the quarter ended April 28 rose 10.6% to $8.1 million, compared with $7.3 million in the year-ago period.

Sales rose 13.8% to $133.9 million, from $117.7 million. Same-store sales climbed 4.7%.

“We are pleased with our overall performance and remain confident in our ability to realize our sales and profit guidance for fiscal 2012," said Jeff Gordman, president and CEO.

The retailer opened four stores and entered three new markets – Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, and Boise, Idaho – during the quarter. It said it is on track to open five additional locations over the remainder of the year.

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Kroger CEO Dillon received 66% pay increase in 2011

BY Staff Writer

Cincinnati — A report on Friday by the Associated Press said that Kroger chief David Dillon received a 66% bump in pay in 2011, as the grocer surpassed its internal growth targets.

Dillon was paid a package worth $8.9 million last year, up from $5.4 million in 2010. The compensation included a cash performance bonus of $2.7 million. Stock and award options rose to $5.2 million and salary was $1.3 million.

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