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New AC/DC Album to Be Sold Only in Wal-Mart

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that a new AC/DC album, “Black Ice,” will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores starting Oct. 20. The album is the band’s first containing all-new material in eight years.

The deal is part of a wider strategy for the retailer to get exclusive deals to sell CDs. It is the latest album to be sold under such an arrangement. Wal-Mart has sold albums by the Eagles and Journey under similar arrangements in recent months.

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JCPenney reports 2Q loss

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PLANO, Texas JCPenney reported earnings per share from continuing operations of 52 cents for the second quarter ended Aug. 2, compared to 78 cents in last year’s second quarter. Net income for the quarter decreased 35.7% to $117 million.

“In this difficult consumer environment, we have continued to focus on tightly controlling all aspects of our business, and our second quarter results show the benefits of our approach. Our ability to protect our bottom line through rigorous expense control and effective inventory management was enhanced by good initial customer response to our new brand launches and the effectiveness of our promotional pricing actions,” said Myron Ullman, chairman and ceo of JCPenney.

For the third quarter, the company is expecting comparable-store sales decrease in the mid-single digits. Earnings per share are expected to be between 70 cents and 75 cents.

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Washington state grocers to offer wine/beer tastings

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OLYMPIA, Washington The Washington State Liquor Control Board has launched a yearlong pilot program that will allow wine and beer tasting in 30 grocery stores in the state. Participating stores, which include seven Safeway and five Fred Meyer/QFC stores, will be permitted to hold 12 tastings on premises during the period between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board said it will document the findings, including comments and complaints about the pilot and then submit a report to the state legislature on Dec. 1, 2009.

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