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February Deadline for Economic Census

BY CSA STAFF

Last month, more than 4 million American businesses, including 960,000 retailers, were sent 2007 Economic Census forms. The surveys collect data on sales, locations, employees and wages. Businesses that received a form are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) to complete and return it by Feb. 12, 2008.

The information is collected every five years, and industry averages are made available at the Web site, http://ask.census.gov . For example, the average 2002 annual wages paid per employee at electronics and appliance stores, $23,861, were higher than the average wages paid at pharmacies and drug stores, $19,758.

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Borders to offer free resolution workshops

BY CSA STAFF

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders said Thursday that it is offering customers free in store events throughout the month of January to help them kick start their new year’s resolutions and learn how to keep them through the year. Programs include wellness fairs, yoga classes and diet seminars.

Borders reported that local organizations and community groups will be featured in activities and events at its stores across the country ranging from fitness centers and hospitals to singles groups and retirement centers.

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Schulze sells 440K shares of company stock

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy chairman and founder Richard Schulze sold 440,000 shares of Best Buy stock last week valued at $22.4 million. Schulze sold the stock at prices ranging from $50.71 to $51.18 per share. Earlier this month, Schulze sold 2.35 million shares valued at more than $120 million.

While Schulze’s stock sales are considerable, they represent just a fraction of his holdings at Best Buy. He’s estimated to still hold more than 68 million shares of stock amassed during 41 years with the company.

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