Liz Claiborne in exclusive deal with J.C. Penney
Liz Claiborne said Thursday that its namesake line of clothing will be sold exclusively at J.C. Penney Co., as part of a 10-year deal that the apparel maker hopes will help reverse its fortunes.
Under the licensing agreement, Penney will be the sole U.S. department store to sell the company’s iconic lines of women’s wear, along with its Liz & Co. and Concepts by Claiborne brands. The deal also includes accessories, shoes, household products and men’s clothing.
In other news, the company will sell its Liz Claiborne New York brand, designed by Isaac Mizrahi, to TV shopping channel QVC.
Liz Claiborne, which has said it expects to post a 2009 operating loss, said Thursday that it expects an operating profit in 2010 because of the agreement.
An expanded line of Claiborne-branded items will be available at J.C. Penney next fall.
A.C. Moore hopes to ‘craft a better world’
BERLIN, N.J. A.C. Moore announced that it has launched a new initiative called “Crafting a Better World” to give crafters a way to give back to the community.
The initiative kicked off last week in honor of A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts’ 24th anniversary, with a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national network of 4,300 neighborhood-based Boys & Girls Clubs serving more than 4.5 million young people annually through membership and community outreach.
“Crafting a Better World takes our community relations efforts to the next level by adding an ambitious, new program through which we will collaborate with our customers to make a direct impact on the communities in which they live and work,” said Rick Lepley, CEO of A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts. “Our first Crafting a Better World partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is an ideal fit for our company with its emphasis on kids, education and creativity. Our 133 stores will work with their local chapter of that organization to help their customers give back to their own community. As we move forward, we look forward to partnerships with other non-profit organizations throughout the regions we serve.”
During the next five weeks, A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts stores will be hosting crafting parties for participants in local Boys & Girls Clubs. During this same time period, the company is encouraging customers to drop off new or gently used craft supplies at their local A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts for donation to their local Boys & Girls Club. Customers can also add $1 to their bill at check out for donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. A.C. Moore will donate an additional $500 to the organization to honor its store which raises the most money.
Family Dollar FY net income up 24.7%
MATTHEWS, N.C. Family Dollar Stores reported that net income per diluted share for the year ended Aug. 29 increased 24.7% to $2.07 compared with $1.66 for the year ended Aug. 30, 2008. Net income for the year increased 25% to $291.3 million compared with net income of $233.1 million for fiscal 2008.
“Despite the challenges resulting from a rapidly changing economic environment, our team has delivered a strong performance this year, driving improvements across most key metrics, including increased customer traffic, operating margin expansion, earnings-per-share growth, greater inventory productivity and higher employee retention,” said Howard Levine, chairman and CEO.
Commenting on the company’s outlook for fiscal 2010, Levine said, “While predicting near-term economic conditions remains difficult, we believe that the current consumer focus on saving money will remain strong in 2010. Our strategy of providing value and convenience positions us well to deliver sustainable growth for our shareholders as the economy stabilizes and improves.”
For fiscal 2010, the company expects net sales will increase 5% to 7% as compared with fiscal 2009. The company expects comparable-store sales will increase 3% to 5% and expects to open approximately 200 new stores.