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Polo Profits Rise

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. said Wednesday that quarterly profits rose on the wings of higher wholesale and retail apparel sales.

The company said net income for the fiscal first quarter was $88.3 million, or $0.82 per share, up from $80.2 million, or $0.74 per share, a year earlier.

Revenue was $1.07 billion, up from $954 million a year ago. Increases in wholesale and retail sales offset a decline in licensing revenues. The company also predicted that its full-year revenue will increase by a mid-teens percentage rate.

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Mike Donnelly named president of Ralphs

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CINCINNATI, Ohio The Kroger Co. today announced Mike Donnelly has been named president of the company’s Ralphs Food Stores division, based in Los Angeles, effective Aug. 19.

Donnelly joins Ralphs from his current position as president of Kroger’s Fry’s division, based in Phoenix, where he has spent much of his career. He joined Fry’s in 1978 and became president of the division in 2000. He then served as senior vp of drug/gm merchandising and procurement for Kroger before returning to lead Fry’s in 2003.

Donnelly replaces Dave Hirz, who is returning to Food 4 Less as president of the division. Hirz has 36 years of experience in the supermarket industry. Prior to joining Ralphs in 2004, he led Food 4 Less, which operates 146 price-impact, warehouse format supermarkets in California, Nevada, Illinois and Indiana.

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Paris Hilton launches footwear line

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NEW YORK Paris Hilton has signed a licensing agreement with the Antebi Footwear Group to launch a signature footwear line under her own name. The collection is expected to hit stores in early 2008.

“My goal is to create a stylish and fun fashion line from head to toe,” said Hilton. “We chose to partner with the Antebi Footwear Group because the shoes will be a perfect complement to the sportswear line launching this fall. Antebi Group really understands my vision for this line as well as the needs of the fashion-forward young woman.”

Paris Hilton footwear, designed to be chic and trendy, will be produced with high quality components and finishes, and with unique details to be revealed at launch time. The collection features a range of styles, from sexy stilettos and platforms to stylish flats, wedges and a sport collection.

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