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Neiman Marcus partners with Usablenet to launch mobile shopping site

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas Neiman Marcus Group said Monday it has partnered with Usablenet to launch an enhanced mobile version of neimanmarcus.com to enable customers to shop from any mobile device.

With the new solution, mobile phone users will automatically be re-directed to the m-commerce site when they type in the standard website URL, neimanmarcus.com. The full merchandise assortment available on the web is available on the mobile. Customers will also have the ability to access full account management including order history and status, as well as store locations.

“Mobile shopping is an extremely important part of our overall internet retail strategy,” said Gerald Barnes, president of Neiman Marcus Direct. “I am particularly excited about the ease with which our customers can shop neimanmarcus.com from any device no matter where they are.”

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REAL ESTATE

LoopNet acquires LandsofAmerica

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San Francisco Online real estate marketplace and database LoopNet said it has acquired Austin, Texas-based LandsofAmerica, the operator of an online marketplace specializing in land for sale at LandsofAmerica.com.

The LandsofAmerica management team, including its founders Allen Shannon and Jake Massengale, will remain with LoopNet to manage and grow the business.

LandsofAmerica.com generated almost 600,000 unique visitors to its websites in August, according to Google Analytics, and will contribute a significant lift to LoopNet’s overall website traffic of approximately two million unique visitors, also measured by Google Analytics. 

In addition, LandsofAmerica.com expands LoopNet’s overall share of active land for sale listings. 

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

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Blockbuster loss widens, reaches new forebearance agreement

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DALLAS Blockbuster reported that total revenues for the second quarter of 2010 were $788 million, compared with total revenues of $982 million for the same period one year ago. Net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $69 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $37 million, or 21 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2009.

The company announced that it has also reached a new forbearance agreement with noteholders who have, collectively, represented that they hold approximately 70% of the company’s 11.75% senior secured notes due 2014. The executing noteholders have agreed to forbear from exercising certain rights and remedies they may have under the indenture and related collateral documents arising from not receiving payments due under the senior secured notes on July 1. The forbearance period, under the new forbearance agreement, will expire on Sept. 30, unless earlier terminated in accordance with its terms, the company reported. The forbearance period may be extended upon written agreement by the parties.

Jim Keyes, chairman and chief executive officer of Blockbuster, stated, “We appreciate the continued cooperation of our senior secured noteholders and the other parties involved in our ongoing recapitalization efforts. While making progress, this extension allows additional time to complete these complex, multiparty negotiations. To take advantage of its unique multi-channel model and revitalize its global brand, Blockbuster will require an improved capital structure. Our objective is to complete a recapitalization as soon as possible so we are better positioned to focus our attention and resources on the strategic opportunities to continue our business transformation.”

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