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Estee Lauder’s updates department store counters

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Cosmetics purveyor Estee Lauder Cos. announced it is updating its department store beauty counters in an attempt to attract younger customers and encourage off-line makeup sales.

According to a Tuesday report by the Wall Street Journal, Estee Lauder has revamped its counter designs to promote browsing, as well as to jump-start new promotions and speed service, including self-service options. Estee Lauder’s MAC brand has been testing new hand-held devices that let staffers ring up purchases.

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German court approves Karstadt takeover plan

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Berlin A German court has given the go-ahead for an investor to take over the country’s bankrupt Karstadt department store chain with its 25,000 employees, according to a Friday report by the Associated Press.

Karstadt has been under an insolvency administrator since parent Arcandor AG filed for protection in June 2009.

The German news agency DAPD reported that an administrative court in Essen on Friday approved a plan for financial investor Nicolas Berggruen to take over the chain. Berggruen was chosen to take over Karstadt in June but the plan then got delayed while negotiating over rent levels for its approximately 120 stores.

An agreement by the buildings’ owners to lower rents paved the way for a final deal this week, according to AP.

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Duckwall-Alco same-store sales dip in August

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Abilene, Kan. Duckwall-Alco Stores said late Thursday that same-store sales dipped 0.8% in August.

Total revenue rose 1.1% to $33.4 million due to improved inventory control, higher productivity and stronger marketing, said the company.

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