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Kroger Joins In-Store Trial of Portable People Meter

BY CSA STAFF

Cincinnati, Kroger plans to enroll 100 Houston-area stores in a trial of the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) system beginning next month. The system is designed to track the effectiveness of in-store audio programming.

Kroger will be using In-Store Broadcasting Network audio material, which it already has in the stores in conjunction with PPM identification codes supplied by Arbitron. When an Arbitron PPM survey participant enters the store, the PPM detects codes and reports what in-store audio programming the person was exposed to. The system also records other kinds of media exposure. It uses an audience measurement device about the size of a small cell phone to track customer exposure to media and entertainment. Therefore, the device tracks information such as where participants watch television and listen to the radio.

Best Buy, Gap, Gallery Furniture, National CineMedia and Old Navy are also participating in the Houston trial.

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2Q Profit Up at Williams-Sonoma

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Bentonville, Ark., Williams-Sonoma said quarterly profit rose nearly 12% on strong demand at its Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids stores. Net revenues for the second quarter ended July 31, 2005, increased 12.6% over the second quarter of fiscal year 2004 to $776.2 million. Earnings rose to $30.8 million, or 26? a share, for the quarter, up from $27.6 million, or 23? a share, a year earlier.

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Saks Department Store CEO Resigns

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Birmingham, Ala., Saks Inc. announced the resignation of George Jones, president and CEO of the retailer’s Saks Department Store Group. The resignation is effective Sept. 30.

Replacing Jones effective Sept. 15 will be Toni Browning. Browning held the post of president and CEO of Saks’ Proffit’s/McRae’s unit, which was sold to Belk last month.

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