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Lululemon athletica sales and profits soar in Q3

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Vancouver, British Columbia — Yoga apparel retailer and manufacturer Lululemon athletica reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended Oct. 31 rose to $25.7 million, compared with $14.1 million in the year-ago period.

Net revenue surged 56% to $175.8 million, from $112.9 million. Same-store sales increased 29%.

The company operates 134 stores in North America and Australia.

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First Data: Average ticket up in November

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New York City — Retailers performed well in November with dollar volume growth of 8.5%, compared with 5.2% in October, according to First Data’s SpendTrend Analysis for November. The report includes same-store consumer spending via credit, signature debit, PIN debit and EBT cards at U.S. merchant locations.

First Data also reported that credit growth was the highest in over a year as year-over-year credit transactions rose 5.4% in November. In other findings, after five consecutive months of year-over-year declines, overall average tickets grew 0.4% in November, after declining 1.7% in October.

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Borders disappoints in Q3

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Ann Arbor, Mich. — Borders Group posted sales of $470.9 million for its third quarter ended Oct. 30, a decrease of 17.6% from the same period a year ago. Same-store sales declined by 12.6%.

The company posted a loss from continuing operations in the third quarter of $74.4 million, versus a loss $37.7 million a year ago.

“Our third quarter results reflect the business challenges facing Borders and the industry at large,” said Mike Edwards, CEO, Borders. “While we are disappointed with third quarter results, my management team and I continue to vigorously address these challenges and our commitment to winning at retail is stronger than ever.”

Edwards noted that the Borders Rewards Plus program has generated more than $11 million in membership revenue since launching just 100 days ago. He added that members shop more frequently and have a higher-than-average ticket driven by significantly higher units per transaction.

“In terms of other successes, we’ve also made substantial improvements to our stores, expanding the Kids section in 51 locations to drive further sales increases in our Kids Toys and Games category, which is outpacing most other areas of the business,” Edwards said. “We recently completed the addition of Area-e digital shops to stores to position Borders as a destination for all things eReading.”

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