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May, Abercrombie Post 3Q Results

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New Albany, Ohio, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. posted net income of $40.1 million in the third quarter, down from $50.5 million in the year-ago period. The decline came despite a 17% increase in sales to $520.7 million and same-store sales growth of 1%.

In other financial news, The May Department Stores Co. recorded net earnings of $8 million in the third quarter, down from $47 million last year. Although the retailer’s net sales were 17% higher at $3.48 billion, the merchant’s same-store sales fell 3.4%.

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Ritz Camera Refits Its POS

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Beltsville, Md., Ritz Camera selected Datavantage Xstore as its new point-of-sale system. With 1,100 Ritz Camera Centers and 110 Boater’s World Marine Centers, the chain will use the new Java-based POS in both store formats on a Linux operating system and a PostgreSQL open-source database.

“Our existing POS had served us well over the years, but it lacks the flexibility and functionality available in an open-source, Java-based platform such as Xstore,” said Bob O’Hern, VP of Information Systems for Ritz Camera Centers.

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Kmart Launches Rewards Card

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Troy Mich., Kmart Holding Corp. today announced the launch of the Kmart Rewards credit card. The new credit-card program is being managed by HSBC—North America’s retail-services business. The card offers $10 off the first card purchase of $50 or more and a $10 reward for every $250 in account purchases thereafter. Customers will also be offered 90 days, same-as-cash financing on any purchase over $100 during the 2004 holiday season. “The Kmart Rewards credit card is an important tool in our efforts to retain and better serve our existing customers,” said Paul Guyardo, chief marketing officer of Kmart. “The Rewards card will provide valuable benefits and increased spending power both in our stores and on line, just in time for the holiday season.”

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