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NRF: Shutdown deal avoids issues

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation released a statement on the decision to reopen the federal government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. Shay said that while the agreement provides some satisfaction, it essentially continues debate and postpones difficult economic decisions that must be made.

“As we head into the holiday shopping season, retailers and consumers need stability and certainty from policymakers in Washington and assurance that the economy will not implode due to their actions or more important, lack thereof,” said Shay. “This new norm of legislating from crisis to crisis is no way to govern.”

Shay also said that the economic recovery is retail-led and consumer-driven, and that cuts in consumer spending hurt retailers as well as the economy as a whole and U.S. taxpayers.

“Today’s decision will provide some breathing room for legislators to negotiate and compromise, but it is not a solution to our long-term economic or fiscal challenges,” concluded Shay.

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Report: Jos. A. Bank may consider hostile bid for Men’s Wearhouse

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hampstead, Md. – Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. reportedly may consider a hostile takeover bid for Men’s Wearhouse. According to Bloomberg, Jos. A. Bank chairman Robet Wildrick said he would prefer a friendly acquisition but his company is not ruling any options out.

On Oct. 9, Jos. A. Bank made a $2.3 billion offer that was 36% higher than Men’s Wearhouse’s closing stock value on Oct. 8. However, Men’s Wearhouse publicly rejected the bid, saying it undervalued the company and was not in the best interests of shareholders.

Wildrick said Jos. A. Bank would not make another bid without looking at Men’s Wearhouse’s books, which it so far has not had access to, and would not close stores. Men’s Wearhouse has adopted a “poison pill” that prevents any stockholder from purchasing more than 10% of the company’s shares, but has said it would not necessarily refuse future offers. Men’s Wearhouse declined to comment in the Bloomberg article.

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CVS launches digital, personalized circular

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy is launching myWeekly Ad, a digital circular powered by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare program. The new circular serves up a personalized version of the sales ad for each customer.

Upon signing up, each user will immediately see which of their favorite items are on sale that week, including frequently-bought items or deals in categories that might be of interest to that specific shopper. Personalized ExtraCare savings and rewards can also be found all in one place.

CVS/pharmacy is showcasing the new myWeekly Ad by kicking off a 360-degree marketing, advertising and social media campaign featuring celebrities Joan Rivers, Nick Cannon and George Hamilton. The "What’s Your Deal?" campaign highlights how CVS/pharmacy is a unifying shopping destination for all of these different characters.

"Our ‘What’s Your Deal?’ campaign is a tongue-in-cheek way for us to unveil the savings revolution that is myWeekly Ad, where we’ve created a personalized circular that is as unique as each of our customers," said Rob Price, chief marketing officer of CVS/pharmacy. "CVS/pharmacy’s myWeekly Ad is a convergence of technology and customer insights that revolutionizes savings. It acts as a matchmaker for our customers and their best deals."

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