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Gordmans Q1 net income rises 10%, to open five stores in 2012

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Omaha, Neb. — Midwestern discount department store retailer Gordman’s Stores said Friday that profit for the quarter ended April 28 rose 10.6% to $8.1 million, compared with $7.3 million in the year-ago period.

Sales rose 13.8% to $133.9 million, from $117.7 million. Same-store sales climbed 4.7%.

“We are pleased with our overall performance and remain confident in our ability to realize our sales and profit guidance for fiscal 2012," said Jeff Gordman, president and CEO.

The retailer opened four stores and entered three new markets – Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, and Boise, Idaho – during the quarter. It said it is on track to open five additional locations over the remainder of the year.

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Kroger CEO Dillon received 66% pay increase in 2011

BY Staff Writer

Cincinnati — A report on Friday by the Associated Press said that Kroger chief David Dillon received a 66% bump in pay in 2011, as the grocer surpassed its internal growth targets.

Dillon was paid a package worth $8.9 million last year, up from $5.4 million in 2010. The compensation included a cash performance bonus of $2.7 million. Stock and award options rose to $5.2 million and salary was $1.3 million.

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Whole Foods app rewards green behavior with coupons

BY CSA STAFF

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods is rewarding customer that live a green lifestyle through its new app it created with Whole Planet Foundation and BlueAvocado.

The "Make Change. Not Waste." mobile iPhone application allows users to earn badges and coupons for a number of green behaviors including recycling, using a reusable bag and biking to work. After completing 10 green actions, customers can unlock one coupon from leading green brands including: Nature’s Path, Alexia Foods, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Stonyfield, Frontier Co-op and Organic Valley. Shoppers can also donate a percentage of the coupon value back to Whole Planet Foundation. The app is available to download from the Apple Store.

"We’re excited to help shoppers find easy ways to protect the planet, track their green choices and fund poverty alleviation projects around the world," said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation. "Through this app, shoppers can invest in making a real difference for the planet and their global neighbors."

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