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GameStop Corp. 4Q Revenue Up

BY CSA STAFF

Grapevine, Texas, GameStop Corp. today said its quarterly revenue rose 13%, to $708.7 million from $625.4 million in the prior year. Net income for the fiscal fourth quarter ended in January fell to $34.5 million, or 64? a share, from $39.6 million, or 67? a share, in the year-ago period. The company attributed the decline in net income to charges related to lease accounting.

The Grapevine, Texas-based video-game retailer said it expects to open 370 to 400 new stores this year, as sales get a boost from demand for Sony’s PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation Portable (PSP) game consoles.

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Goody’s Family Clothing Shares Drop

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New York City, In response to a company warning that first-quarter earnings would be much lower than last year’s results, shares of Goody’s Family Clothing tumbled today.

Shares of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based retailer of moderately priced family clothing gave up 17.7%, or $1.94, to $9 in early morning trading on the Nasdaq, where it was the biggest percentage loser. Trading volume was more than six times its average volume over the previous three months. The company operates 358 stores mostly in the South and Midwest.

Private investment bank Avondale Partners said today it cut its rating on Goody’s to “Market Perform” from “Market Outperform” and lowered its stock price target from $13 to $11, saying, “We believe in this early part of the year it is prudent to wait for evidence of firming sales.”

Goody’s blamed bad weather, an early Easter and a tight economy for its lowered first-quarter earnings.

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Wal-Mart’s Quebec Union Battle Continues

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Bentonville, Ark., The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada hasn’t given up on its efforts to unionize Wal-Mart employees in Quebec, published reports say. The UFCW filed two applications for unionizing employees at a Gatineau Wal-Mart. One application was for general employees, and the other was for the workers in the location’s Tire and Lube Express shop.

The UFCW has already won union certification at a Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Another location in Jonquiere was nearing unionization before Wal-Mart announced plans to shutter that store by this May.

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