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L.L. Bean Begins Free Shipping

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Freeport, Maine, L.L.Bean will begin offering free shipping and handling for the holiday shopping season. The outdoor retailer’s offer requires no minimum purchase and is good up until noon on Dec. 22—the time at which orders must be placed to ensure Christmas delivery.

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Thursday Morning Earnings Roundup

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• Tractor Supply Co. posted a 140.8% improvement in net income to $18.3 million in the third quarter. The heady growth was supported by a 12.5% increase in net sales to $479.6 million and same-store sales growth of 1.8%.

• Linens ‘n Things Inc. reported net earnings of $1 million in the third quarter, down from $17.2 million in the year-ago period. The downturn came on a 3.8% decline in net sales to 3.8% for the quarter and comps shrinkage of 10.2%.

•Build-A-Bear Workshop grew its net income by half to $5.3 million in the third quarter on 1.3% comps growth and a 25.7% jump in net sales to $83.2 million.

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Trans World Names Litwak President

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Albany, N.Y., Trans World Entertainment Corp. named James A. Litwak as president and COO. He was most recently senior VP of Columbia House.

This will be Litwak’s second stint at Trans World. Between 1996 and 2000, he served the entertainment retailer as executive VP of merchandising and marketing. He also spent 14 years with Federated Department Stores as president of Macy’s West.

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