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Nordstrom introduces iPad app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Seattle — Nordstrom said Friday it has debuted a new iPad app that will allow its customers to browse and purchase merchandise via their iPad tablets.

The company said it plans to introduce additional features and functionality with subsequent updates to the free app. Some of the features included with the debut include “The Dressing Room,” which allows customers to create and save multiple looks by double-tapping or dragging items to the Dressing Room canvas, then adding selected items to the shopping cart for purchase; a customizable home page; and social sharing via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Dunkin’ Donuts launches mobile payment app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin Brands said Friday it has launched its first-ever mobile app for payment and gifting purposes.

The app for iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone will allow users to pay food, beverages, and merchandise at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the U.S. by scanning a device in-store or at the drive-thru.

Additionally, an mGift feature will enable consumers to send virtual gift cards three ways – text, email, and Facebook Connect.

The free app, available from the App Store and Google Play Store, supports American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal. It includes store location features, nutritional information, and social media links.

“This is a clear example of our determination to invest in technologies that help us exceed our guests’ expectations and enable our franchisees to run their restaurants as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ Donuts president, U.S.

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Aeropostale profit drops in Q2; lowers guidance

BY Staff Writer

New York — Aeropostale reported Friday that net income for the second quarter was $100,000, compared with $2.9 million last year.

Sales increased 4% to $485.3 million, from $468.2 million in the year-ago period. Same-store sales, including the e-commerce channel, were essentially flat, compared with a 12% decrease last year. Excluding e-commerce, same-store sales dipped 1%, compared with a 14% decrease last year.

The company has lowered its third-quarter guidance.

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