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Fitch Upgrades J.C. Penney

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New York City, Good news for J.C. Penney: Fitch Ratings raised its rating of Penney’s senior unsecured debt to “BBB-,” from “BB-plus.” The new rating is the lowest investment grade rank. “The upgrade also reflects the expectation that [J.C.] Penney will make continued progress with its turnaround over the medium term while further reducing debt levels,” Fitch said.

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New Senior VP for The Great Indoors

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Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sears Holdings announced the promotion of Teresa Byrd to senior VP and general manager of The Great Indoors, effective immediately. She will oversee store operations, merchandising and marketing for the chain.

Byrd previously served as senior VP and general merchandise manager for Sears Essentials and Sears Grand.

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Adidas Stands by Forecast

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Frankfurt, Germany, German sporting-goods firm Adidas-Salomon reiterated its 2005 profit and sales forecasts and mid-term goals. Adidas, which is buying U.S. rival Reebok to further compete with bigger rival Nike, said it maintains its expectation of a 20% growth in this year’s net income.

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