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Phone apps rake in $6.2B

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Austin , Texas Mobile phone users are expected to spend $6.2 billion downloading applications this year, up from $4.2 billion last year, according to a recent Gartner report.

The company also forecasts sales hitting about $29.5 billion by the end of 2013.

“As smartphones grow in popularity and application stores become the focus for several players in the value chain, more consumers will experiment with application downloads,” said Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner. “Games remain the No. 1 application, and mobile shopping, social networking, utilities and productivity tools continue to grow and attract increasing amounts of money.”

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Kohl’s donates $250K for Haitian relief

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s announced that it has doanted $250,000 toward earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much-needed emergency supplies and services in the earthquake-impacted areas through its Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

“As a family-focused department store, our hearts go out to the tens of thousands of families impacted by the catastrophic damage caused by this week’s earthquake,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s EVP and chief marketing officer. “The loss is great, the need is immense, and Kohl’s is proud to be in a position to help during this tragedy.”

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Kmart to provide coats for Detroit kids

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DETROIT Kmart announced that it is partnering with WADL-TV38 to provide free coats to Detroit school children on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18.

“The economy and the extreme pressure on auxiliary services and organizations that help the community are tremendous.  We consider ourselves fortunate that someone from our community would be so generous for the benefit of Detroit’s school children,” states Denise Dody Johnson marketing and public relations director.

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