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Polo Ralph Lauren Profit Rises

BY CSA STAFF

New York City Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by strong sales, a lower tax rate and acquisitions. Net income rose to $103.5 million in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, ended March 29, from $73.2 million a year ago.

The company, whose brands include Polo, Chaps and Club Monaco, said net revenue increased to $1.24 billion from $1.03 billion a year ago, as higher wholesale and retail sales offset a decline in licensing revenue.

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Krupa in talks to represent Giantto

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LAS VEGAS The Giantto Group, a Los Angeles-based jewelry company specializing in original custom jewelry, announced that it is in talks with supermodel Joanna Krupa to make her the new official spokesmodel for the group.

Krupa is set to make an appearance on June 1 at the JCK exhibition. A popular model, Krupa has appeared in GQ and FHM.

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Big Lots names store ops vp

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Big Lots has named Christopher Chapin as senior vp of store operations, effective immediately. Chapin will report to ceo Steve Fishman.

Chapin will oversee store standards, field operations, customer service, process development, and program implementation for the company’s 1,300+ closeout retail stores in 47 states.

Chapin most recently served as president of FacilitySource, a worldwide retail facility maintenance and management business headquartered in Secaucus, N.J. Previously, Chapin was with Limited Brands as vp of store operations and YUM Brands as national director of operations.

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