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Hot Topic Exec Departs

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City of Industry, Calif., Patricia Van Cleave, formerly the president of Hot Topic’s Torrid division, has resigned to pursue other interests, the company reported. Betsy McLaughlin will assume oversight for Torrid temporarily.

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Coach Earnings Soar

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New York City, Based on its strong second-quarter results, Coach Inc. is hotter than ever. For the three months ended Dec. 31, net income jumped 37.2% to $174.2 million or 45 cents a diluted share, from $126.9 million, or 32 cents a diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Sales rose 22.3% to $650.3 million from $531.8 million. Same-store retail sales increased 19.9% (with regular-priced same-store sales up 12.8%, and factory-outlet units up 30.2%).

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OfficeMax Adds Details to Plan

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Itasca, Ill., OfficeMax’s major turnaround plan will cost about $100 million, the company said. OfficeMax intends to reverse losses and boost sales by focusing on three key areas: cutting costs, improving corporate infrastructure and turning around its retail and contract businesses. As previously announced, the plan includes shuttering 110 stores.

“This is a close to $10 billion company,” CFO Don Civgin said on a conference call. “The turnaround will take time, but we are confident that 2006 will show significant progress towards our intermediate-term goal.”

The company reported a net loss of $3.9 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 24.

The company’s retail initiatives include implementing merchandising strategies intended to expand the company’s small business customer base, growing Print and Document Services, driving incremental sales from the OfficeMax ink refill program, and improving category management. In retail, the company will also pursue cost-savings initiatives from store labor and management programs, as well as advertising and marketing-cost efficiencies.

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