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Kohl’s receives inaugural green award

BY CSA STAFF

Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores announced Friday that it received the inaugural Gold Edison Green Award at the annual Edison awards gala held Thursday in Manhattan.

The Edison Awards, associated with the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison.

Kohl’s receipt of the Edison Green Award recognizes the retailer’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions and green business models.

“Kohl’s is honored to be recognized by its peers for our ongoing efforts to improve our shared environment,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics. “By engaging associates, partners and members of the community, Kohl’s continues to operate our business with a commitment to environmental responsibility.”

Some of Kohl’s green initiatives include industry-leading energy management and green building programs such as LEED certification of more than 60 store locations to date; a commitment to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by the end of this year; and a No. 1 ranking among retailers on EPA’s quarterly rankings of top green power purchasers.

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Weis Markets increases 2010 budget

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SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets vice chairman Jonathan Weis said his company increased its 2010 capital expenditure budget to $102.8 million, a 27% increase compared with 2009.

Weis said the majority of this budget would be invested in the company’s store base.  The company plans 27 projects in 2010 including two to three new stores, two expansions, 17 major remodels and six remodels.

 

“For our company and our organization, 2009 was a year of growth and considerable progress,” said Weis.  “At a time of deep recession and the highest sustained unemployment rate in our country since the Great Depression, we had a strong year.”

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OfficeMax Q1 sales up slightly

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. OfficeMax reported that total sales for its first quarter ended March 7 were $1.9 billion, an increase of 0.3% from the first quarter of 2009. For the first quarter of 2010, OfficeMax reported net income available to OfficeMax common shareholders of $24.8 million, or 29 cents per diluted share.

OfficeMax retail segment sales decreased 3.% to $954.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the first quarter of 2009, reflecting a same-store sales decrease of 2.5% and fewer stores.  Retail same-store sales for the first quarter of 2010 declined primarily due to a continued weak market environment; however, the retail segment same-store sales decrease improved from the 6.7% decrease in the fourth quarter of 2009 reflecting favorable sales trends in the United States and Mexico, according to the company.

OfficeMax contract segment sales increased 3.8% (a decrease of 3.5% in local currency) compared with the prior year period to $963.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, reflecting a U.S. contract operations sales decline of 3.9%, which was more than offset by an international contract operations sales increase of 23.8% in United States dollars (a sales decrease of 2.6% in local currencies).

Sam Duncan, Chairman and CEO of OfficeMax, said, “We are pleased with the start to 2010 and the solid performance our team delivered in the quarter.  We believe our results reflect some of the stabilization we are seeing in economic trends, but primarily are indicative of the traction we are gaining in our growth and profitability initiatives.”

OfficeMax anticipates that for the second quarter, total company sales will be slightly higher than the prior year second quarter primarily due to the favorable impact of foreign currency translation, and adjusted operating income margin will be higher than the prior year second quarter, but less than the first quarter 2010 year-over-year improvement.  For the full year 2010, OfficeMax anticipates that total company sales will be slightly higher than in 2009 primarily due to the favorable impact of foreign currency translation, and adjusted operating income margin will be higher than 2009, but less than the first quarter 2010 year-over-year improvement.

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