ECOMMERCE

On-Line Retailers Turn to Blogs to Attract Shoppers

BY CSA STAFF

Nationwide, On-line retailers are creating their own Web logs, or blogs, to promote themselves to consumers. The strategy seems to be successful. According to a recent study by ComScore Networks, an on-line market-research firm, shoppers who visit blogs spend approximately 6% more than average on-line shoppers.

Bluefly.com, EHobbies and GourmetStation all use blogs as part of their advertising. Bluefly.com sells designer clothes; EHobbies sells hobby goods such as plastic models, kites and science kits; and GourmetStation sells prepared foods. The companies post industry news and trends on their blogs, allowing visitors to engage in discussion about the topics.

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FINANCE

Wal-Mart Sells $2.5 Billion in 30-Year Bonds

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New York City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sold $1.5 billion in 30-year bonds on Wednesday, according to JP Morgan. Initially, Wal-Mart planned to sell $2.0 billion. Before the sale, demand for the bonds was expected to be high since 30-year corporate bonds are relatively rare. This sale is Wal-Mart’s second offering since Aug. 8, when it issued $800 million of five-year notes, according to Bloomberg data.

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Coach Profits Bigger Than Expected

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Chicago, Coach Inc. reported that its quarterly profit would likely beat expectations. The company said strong sales of its handbags for the fall season drove the increase. Coach said first-quarter earnings would be at least 25? per share on sales of at least $445 million. Analysts expected a profit of 24? per share.

Three top Coach executives signed extensions to stay with the company through August 2011: chairman and chief executive Lew Frankfort, executive creative director Reed Krakoff and COO Keith Monda.

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