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GNC profit up in Q4; on track to open 300 net new stores globally

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pittsburgh — GNC Holdings reported Thursday that net income for the fourth quarter rose to $37.7 million, compared with $18.8 million a year earlier.

Revenue increased 17% to $509.6 million in the quarter; domestic same-store sales rose 12.1%.

In 2012, GNC plans to open approximately 125 net new domestic retail locations, 15 net new domestic franchise locations, 150 net new international franchise locations, and 50 net new GNC-Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations.

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Cabela’s Q4 profit up, to debut new store concept for smaller markets

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Sidney, Neb. — Cabela’s Inc. reported Thursday a fourth-quarter net income of $69.8 million, compared with $66.3 million last year. The company also announced plans to open a smaller-sized format, called Cabela’s Outpost Store, designed for markets with less than 250,000 people.

For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, Cabela’s revenue, increased 5.4% to $983.7 million, and same-store sales rose 1.7%. Retail store revenue increased 9.8% to $525.6 million.

For the full year, net income increased 24% to $150.8 million compared to $121.3 million last year.

"Over the past three years, we have focused on improving profitability and after-tax return on invested capital, enabling us to accelerate growth initiatives," said Tommy Millner, CEO, Cabela’s.

The company expects to open five stores in North America in 2012, in addition to its first Outpost outlet, increasing retail square footage approximately 10%. The first Outpost store is slated to open this fall in Union Gap, Wash.

The Outpost stores will be built with Cabela’s signature rugged outdoor look and theme and will feature seasonal product assortments in an innovative “Core Flex” flexible floor plan, which will change to meet seasonal demands and provide a different look throughout the year. Revolutionary digital signage will complement the interior layout.

“We believe Cabela’s Outpost Stores will be perfectly suited to – and will be particularly successful in – the western United States and Canada,” Millner said. “We have more Cabela’s Outpost Stores on the planning table, but we can’t reveal those locations just yet.”

Looking ahead to 2013, the company expects to increase retail square footage 11%-13% with the opening of six stores and up to three additional Outpost stores.

Cabela’s also said it is relocating its store in Winnipeg, Canada, moving from a 44,000-sq.-ft. location to a new 80,000-sq.-ft. structure. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring with opening slated for spring 2013.

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Celebrity stylist adds Hollywood glamour to Tiffany’s windows

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK— In honor of the 2012 Academy Awards, Tiffany & Co. has engaged the services of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to create a window display that highlights Hollywood glamour from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Zoe’s windows are unveiled at Tiffany & Co. flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and London.

“To see my interpretation of glamour and luxury unveiled in Tiffany’s windows is an amazing experience,” Zoe said. “Tiffany is one of the most iconic American brands, and I am honored by this wonderful opportunity.”

Zoe designed five windows, each showcasing a particular decade and its unique take on glamour and allure, the company said.

The 1930s-inspired window features lace and Art Deco pieces, the 1940s window features diamonds and luxurious fabrics, the 1950s window pays homage to the dawn of the paparazzi with vintage cameras focused on Tiffany jewels, the 1960s-inspired window focuses on Hollywood at home, and the 1970s window is characterized by fashion that effortlessly draped the body, with a mix of influences illustrated by orchids and bamboo, along with graphic patterns of black and gold.

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