‘Project Runway’ contestants to make high-fashion styles with Duck Tape
AVON, Ohio — Duck Tape is heading to the runway this Thursday on Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” as season 11’s aspiring designers face the “Unconventional Materials Challenge,” a competition in every season that challenges them to create high-fashion clothing from something other than fabric.
Airing on March 7 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CDT, the episode will feature contestants trying to win over the judges — Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen — with their designs made with Duck Tape-brand duct tape. Designers will team up and create their styles from Duck Tape’s wide range of more than 150 colors — which include aqua, fluorescent green, pink, orange and yellow — and prints, such as Mustache, Graffiti and Zig-Zag.
Thanks to the product’s versatility and the endless number of ways it can be used, Duck Tape has backed a trend of using duct tape for aesthetic purposes in addition to practical ones.
“Duck Tape has come a long way in the crafting and fashion world,” said Bill Kahl, EVP marketing at ShurTech Brands, the company that markets Duck Tape. “It has become a remarkable design medium, with countless Duck Tape enthusiasts using it to create everything from handbags to headbands, and we continue to see this trend grow as our palette of colors and prints evolves. This is a great partnership, and we’re anxious to see the final creations.”
Duck Tape is available at mass merchandise, craft, hardware, home center, food, drug, office, auto and specialty retailers nationwide. To see the latest duct tape creations, or share your own, visit DuckBrand.com. For all the latest Duck Tape news, follow the brand’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/DuckTape; follow its Twitter handle, @theduckbrand; follow its Pinterest boards, Pinterest.com/TheDuckBrand; or tune in to its YouTube channel, YouTube.com/TheDuckBrand.
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Kroger Q4 profit beats Street
Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. on Thursday reported a better-than-expected profit for its fourth quarter profit amid a surge in sales.
For the period ending Feb. 2, Kroger earned $461.5 million, compared to the year ago period when the company reported a loss of $306.9 million as pension costs dragged down results.
Revenue rose 12.8% to $24.2 billion. Same-store sales increased 3% for the quarter, excluding fuel. After adjusting for the extra week in the fourth quarter, total sales increased by 3.7% over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
For the full 2012 fiscal year, total sales increased to $96.8 billion or 7.1% compared with the prior fiscal year. After adjusting for the extra week in fiscal 2012, total sales increased to $94.8 billion or 4.9% compared with the prior fiscal year.
Excluding fuel, total sales increased 6% over the same period last year. Further adjusting for the extra week, total sales excluding fuel increased 4%.
Net earnings for fiscal year 2012 totaled $1.50 billion.
PetSmart Q4 profit up 31%; outlook disappoints
Phoenix — PetSmart Inc. reported a 31% increase in its fiscal fourth-quarter profit, helped by an extra week of sales. But its forecast for this year disappointed investors.
The company earned $134 million for the quarter ended Feb. 3, up from $102 million in the year-ago period.
Revenue rose 15% to $1.88 billion from $1.64 billion, helped by an extra week of sales in the more recent quarter. Same-store sales rose 4.6%.
For the full year, PetSmart’s revenue rose 11% to $6.8 billion.
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