N.J. Bill Calls for Banning Plastic Grocery Bags
New Jersey would become the first state to ban plastic grocery bags—widely considered damaging to the environment—under legislation proposed Wednesday by a pair of Democratic Assemblymen.
Under the measure, retail stores with 10,000 sq. ft. of space or more would be required to cut their use of plastic bags in half by Dec. 31, 2009 and eliminate their use entirely by Dec. 31, 2010, according to the bill’s sponsors.
During the phase out, the stores would be required to set up bins to allow customers to return used plastic bags as part of an in-store recycling program.
In March, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban use of plastic bags at large supermarkets. In July, California enacted a law that requires large stores to take back plastic bags and encourage their reuse. And the New York City Council also has introduced legislation calling for the recycling of plastic bags.
GameStop reports strong 3Q earnings
GRAPEVINE, Texas GameStop today reported that earnings for the third quarter ended Nov. 3 were $52 million. Diluted earnings per share were 31 cents for the third quarter of 2007.
The company reported that total sales increased 59.3% to $1.6 billion in comparison to $1 billion in the prior year quarter. Comparable-store sales increased 46.3% during the third quarter, also beating previously released guidance of 30% to 32%.
Richard Fontaine, GameStop’s chairman and ceo, stated, “Our third quarter sales and earnings are a reflection of not only the real momentum in the video game business as a whole, but a particularly strong statement that GameStop’s model continues to run ahead of the growth curve. We had an outstanding quarter both domestically and internationally, while our e-commerce division, GameStop.com, and video game publication, Game Informer, had record quarters.”
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, GameStop is forecasting comparable-store sales to range from up 7% to up 9%, on top of comparable-store sales of 26.5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 when the Nintendo Wii and Sony’s Playstation 3 were launched. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from 95 cents to 97 cents compared to earnings per share of 81 cents in the fourth quarter of 2006.
The company has also raised its fourth quarter guidance. The company now expects full year 2007 diluted earnings per share guidance to range from $1.61 to $1.63. Total revenues are now projected to grow between 28% and 29%, with expected comparable-store sales ranging from up 20% to up 21%.
Bausch & Lomb names general counsel
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb has named Robert Bailey corporate vp and general counsel. Bailey was most recently vp, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary for the company.
Bailey re-joined Bausch & Lomb in 1997 after serving as associate general counsel and assistant secretary at Goulds Pumps from 1995-1997. He first joined at Bausch & Lomb as counsel from 1994 to 1995. He began his legal career as an associate with what is now the Nixon Peabody law firm in Rochester, N.Y.
Bailey replaces Robert Stiles who has announced his intention to retire from Bausch & Lomb in 2008, after a career spanning more than 25 years with Bausch & Lomb, most recently as senior vp and general counsel.