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Harry & David announces partnership with QVC

BY CSA STAFF

MEDFORD, Ore. Harry & David, maker of gourmet food gifts and consumables, has announced a new partnership with QVC. This dynamic venture will leverage the strengths of both parties to offer consumers a comprehensive “year-round” product mix that will feature unique gourmet food offerings designed specifically for self consumption, entertaining and gifting, the company reported.

“QVC is the marquis player operating in the television shopping platform. Their attention to quality and the customer experience is second to none and with their seasoned gourmet food category that caters to millions of bona fide ‘foodies’ as well as more casual gifters and purchasers, there could not be a better place for Harry & David to deliver our special brand of happiness,” says Jane Terker, EVP chief merchandising officer at Harry & David.

Product offers will be featured on a consistent basis in QVC regular food themed programming as well as Harry & David branded programming.  Additionally, QVC.com will carry an extended assortment to complement the television offerings.  The first offer will be available on QVC’s “Christmas in July” show airing on July 24th at 3:00pm EST.

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Safeway quarterly results in line with expectations

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PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway reported net income of $141.3 million (37 cents per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2010 compared with $238.6 million (57 cents per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2009. The second quarter of 2009 included a $57.8 million tax benefit (14 cents per diluted share) from the resolution of a tax matter.

“Our second quarter results were in line with our expectations, and we are encouraged by our volume trends in the quarter,” said Steve Burd, chairman, president and CEO. “However, deflation continues in price per item and is not expected to significantly improve until the fourth quarter. As a result, we have lowered our expectations for the balance of the year.”

 

Total sales were $9.5 billion in the second quarter of 2010, essentially flat compared with $9.5 billion in the second quarter of 2009. A higher Canadian exchange rate and higher fuel sales were largely offset by a 2.5% decline in identical-store sales, excluding fuel, the company reported.

Safeway is updating guidance for the year to $1.50 to $1.70 earnings per diluted share and non-fuel ID sales of -1% to -1.5%. The company said it continues to expect cash capital expenditures of approximately $0.9 to $1.0 billion and free cash flow of $0.9 to $1.1 billion.

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Amazon.com 2Q sales up 41%

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SEATTLE Amazon.com announced that net sales increased 41% to $6.57 billion in the second quarter, compared with $4.65 billion in second quarter 2009. Excluding the $48 million unfavorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter, net sales would have grown 42% compared with second quarter 2009.

Net income increased 45% to $207 million in the second quarter, or 45 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $142 million, or 32 cents per diluted share, in second quarter 2009.

   

“We’re seeing rapid growth in Kindle, Amazon Web Services, third-party sales, and retail. We’re also encouraged by what we see in mobile. In the last twelve months, customers around the world have ordered more than $1 billion of products from Amazon using a mobile device,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “The leading mobile commerce device today is the smartphone, but we’re excited by the potential of the new category of wireless tablet computers. Over time, tablet computers could become a meaningful additional driver for our business.”

For the third quarter, Amazon.com expects net sales to be between $6.9 billion and $7.6 billion, or to grow between 27% and 40% compared with third quarter 2009.

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