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Read All About It: Consumer Trends

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New York City, What to dresses, nutrition and bling have in common? They all factor heavily in The Strategy Diva’s Annual Top Ten Consumer Trends. Cynthia Cohen, founder and president of retail consulting firm Strategic Mindshare, also describes the importance of bull dogs and retro rock images in her list. For the complete article, “Strategy Diva’s Annual Top Ten Consumer Trends,” click on the “Guest Commentaries” tab at the top of the page.

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Casey’s Acquires Gas ‘N Shop

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Ankeny, Iowa, Convenience store chain Casey’s General Stores has completed its acquisition of 51 Gas ‘N Shop stores, Lincoln, Neb.

Casey’s will close 11 of the Gas ‘N Shop locations in the expectation that sales will transfer to the Casey’s stores in the area. The remaining 40 will be re-branded as Casey’s.

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Saks Seeks to Sell Parisian

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New York City, The shedding of brands at Saks Inc. may soon include a sale of the 40-unit Parisian division, which the company put up for sale on Monday. Saks Inc. in July sold Proffitt’s/McRae’s to Belk Inc. for $623 million. Saks also hopes to close soon on a $1.85 billion bid to sell its Northern Department Stores Group, which includes Carson Pirie Scott & Co. and Berngner’s, to Bon-Ton Stores.

Parisian is on pace to a record $700 million in sales this year. If it is sold, Saks would be left with 55 Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 50 Saks Off 5th outlet stores and saks.com. The chain also operates 58 Club Libby Liu stores.

As part of the plan to restructure, Saks named Stephen Sadove, vice chairman and COO, to the position of chief executive of the company. He replaces 16-year veteran R. Brad Martin, who will hold on to his chairman post until the end of the 2006 fiscal year.

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