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Family Dollar Hires Merchandising Exec

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Matthews, N.C., Family Dollar Stores Inc. has tapped Robert George as executive VP and chief merchandising officer. He joins the discount retailer from Staples Inc., where he most recently served as senior VP and general merchandise manager of office products.

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Wal-Mart Abandons Singles-Shopping Program

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Bentonville, Ark., Though successful in its German stores, Wal-Mart has put an end to its Singles Shopping in the United States.

Active in just one store in Roanoke, Va., the Singles Shopping program had Friday-evening unattached customers adorning their shopping carts with a red bow to signal availability. “Flirt points” were set up in various sections of the store.

Complaints led to the dissolution of the program.

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A&P Reports $89 Million Loss

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Montvale, N.J., A&P reported a net loss of $89 million for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending June 18. Sales for the first quarter were $3.4 billion, a 3.1% increase. The loss includes $68 million worth of charges.

Christian Haub, CEO of A&P, said the company plans to complete the sale of its Canadian stores in the second quarter. He said A&P will use the proceeds of the sale to counter the loss and remodel stores. According to Haub, A&P is getting good returns on full-scale remodels of stores, which cost $1.5 million each, so the company plans to do more remodeling.

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