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May, Federated Shareholders Approve Takeover

BY CSA STAFF

Chicago, Shareholders approved the $11 billion takeover of May Department Stores by Federated Department Stores at their annual meetings today. May, which is based in St. Louis, will become a Federated division. The deal will bring stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Filene’s under one company.

Federated is encouraged by the willingness of shareholders involved in both companies to accept the acquisition. Terry J. Lundgren, Federated’s chairman, president and CEO said, “Today’s votes by shareholders of both May and Federated are important milestones in our process to create a premier national retailing company that will help us compete against a highly competitive marketplace.”

May is excited about the takeover as well. John L. Dunham, May’s chairman, president and CEO, said, “We will be much stronger in every aspect of the business than either company could be independently.” Before the takeover, May and Federated were rivals in the retail world.

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IKEA Eyes Specialty Grocery Market

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Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Swedish home-furnishings retailer IKEA has announced it will move into the grocery market next year with its own-label products. The company plans to offer mainly Swedish fare, including roll-mop herring and smoked elk sausage.

The announcement follows Wal-Mart’s announced plans to expand operations into the rest of Europe.

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Kroger Grocer Unaffected by Mislabeled Grapes

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Compton, Calif., Kroger-owned grocer Ralphs announced today that it has seen no impact from last week’s controversial mislabeling of Mexican grapes as California-grown.

Although the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has launched an investigation of the matter, Ralphs said, to its customers, it’s a non-issue.

Mislabeling produce can result in prosecution and fines as high as $3,000 for every bag of mis-advertised fruit sold.

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