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Meyers leaves World Wide Dreams for Mundi/Westport

BY CSA STAFF

Brad Meyers, formerly the EVP at World Wide Dreams has left WWD to take on a similar position at Mundi/Westport. Meyers will be starting up a Cosmetic Bag Division incorporating the same brands and licenses that Mundi successfully sells at department stores, mid-tier department stores, specialty stores and off-price retailers throughout North America.

Meyers was with RGA/Worldwide Dreams for over 30 years and he looks forward to the new challenges and diverse opportunities that Mundi affords him going forward. He will continue to sell to mass Merchants and drug Stores on a national basis.

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Talbots income up, sales down

BY CSA STAFF

HINGHAM, Mass. Talbots reported adjusted third-quarter net income from continuing operations of $17.2 million or 31 cents per diluted share, excluding restructuring and impairment charges, compared with last year’s net loss of $12.4 million or 23 cents per share on a comparable basis.

Total sales from continuing operations for the third quarter were slightly better than company expectations and were $308.9 million compared to last year’s sales of $357.3 million, Talbots reported.  Comparable-store sales declined 15.9% for the thirteen-week period.

 

For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, the company currently anticipates a loss from continuing operations in the range of 6 cents to 14 cents per share, excluding restructuring and impairment charges and other special items. This anticipated result is based on a top-line sales decline planned to be in the range of approximately 6% to 8%. Talbots expects fourth-quarter top-line sales to be impacted by reduced levels of markdown merchandise.

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Winn-Dixie names group VP perishables

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores announced the appointment of James Smits as group VP perishables. In this role, he will be responsible for all aspects of sales and merchandising for the grocer’s perishable departments and will report directly to Winn-Dixie’s chief merchandising and marketing officer Dan Portnoy.

Most recently, Smits served as the group VP fresh food merchandising at Supervalu. He began his career at H.E. Butt Grocery Company, where he spent 23 years. While there, he rose to become both VP produce and floral marketing and procurement and VP marketing and merchandising of their North Texas region.

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