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Judge scolds attorneys for rushing to court over Wal-Mart bribery allegations in Mexico

BY Staff Writer

New York — A judge in Delaware on Monday denied requests from the California State Teachers Retirement System and a group of New York City pension funds to seek appointments of lead plaintiff and lead counsel in a consolidated shareholder lawsuit over allegations of bribery involving Wal-Mart Stores’ operations in Mexico, the Associated Press reported.

The judge said the attorneys seemed more interested in filing sloppy complaints based on media reports, rather than demanding corporate records from Wal-Mart and taking time to investigate, the report said.

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Discover card now accepted at Neiman Marcus stores

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Riverwoods, Ill. — Discover on Monday announced that its cards are now accepted at Neiman Marcus stores nationwide.

“By adding Discover as another payment option, Neiman Marcus continues to give customers more flexibility and convenience at the point of sale," said Jim Gold, president, specialty retail, The Neiman Marcus Group. “We are happy to open our Neiman Marcus stores to loyal Discover card members so they can shop their favorite brands and earn more rewards.”

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Catalina report: Simple demographic targeting on national advertising misses the mark

BY Michael Johnson

New York — Simple demographic targeting does not weight advertising exposures toward households that have greater purchasing value, according to a study by Catalina Marketing released Monday. The study shows that, for a cross-section of major consumer brands, an average of just 15% of television ad exposures reach the households that account for 80% of sales. Meanwhile, brand advertisers deliver 64% of exposures to households that account for just 2% of sales.

"We undertook this study at the request of customers who wanted to better understand how demographic targeting improved delivery against their most valuable buyer segments," stated Todd Morris, executive VP for Catalina. "Our findings show that demo-based targeting significantly under delivers against the most valuable buyer groups. Across $415 million in TV media spending by 10 mega-brands, ad exposures were delivered to every buyer audience in proportion to its size of population, not its value to the brand or the category."

Among important study highlights:

  • Demo-based TV media plans treat all buyer groups equally, no matter what their value to a brand. As a result, heavy category buyers, who spent almost five times more than the average household, received just 3% more exposures;
  • The average brand in the study delivered 30% of exposures to households that were inactive in their category, meaning they never bought the category or bought just one time throughout the 12-month study period; and
  • A majority of sales volume falls outside of common demographic targets. More than half (53%) of sales for the average brand fell outside of the demographic target (households headed by women between ages 25 years and 54 years).

According to the report, advertisers have relevant and actionable insights than demographics by which to target consumers on a mass scale. Among these new models is purchase-based audience buying, in which actual shopper data is used to determine the consumers and buyer audiences that receive advertising from brands.

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