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Report: Wal-Mart Selects 20 Capitols for Energy Audits

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced partnerships with 19 states and Puerto Rico to help them save on energy and electricity costs at their capitol buildings, according to the Associated Press.

Wal-Mart will pay engineering experts to perform energy audits at the capitols and recommend ways to save energy, lower electricity costs and reduce greenhouse emissions, company officials told state leaders Tuesday at the National Governors Association’s State Summit on Clean Power and Efficiency.

Over the past three years, Wal-Mart has worked to cut energy usage at its stores and suppliers. Through its Greening State Capitols partnership with the National Governors Association, Wal-Mart now will start working with the states.

The program also will help Wal-Mart market its audit services to other companies, Hurst said.

The states included in Tuesday’s announcement are Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Engineers will visit the capitols in 2008 and 2009 to examine lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems, refrigeration equipment and building structures.

Wal-Mart will then provide recommendations based on technology it uses to reduce energy consumption at its stores, the report said.

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JPMorgan to invest in Target credit card business

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MINNEAPOLIS Target has announced an agreement under which JPMorgan Chase would invest in Target’s credit card receivables. At closing Target would sell an undivided interest in its credit card receivables to JPMorgan Chase for cash proceeds of approximately $3.6 billion. This interest would represent approximately 47% of the principal amount of Target’s outstanding receivables at that time. This transaction is expected to close before the end of May.

This unique agreement accomplishes the goals set forth in the review of receivables ownership that we initiated on Sept. 12, 2007, said Doug Scovanner, evp and cfo of Target. It provides significant liquidity to Target from a single source unrelated to debt capital markets, provides an appropriate sharing of the portfolio benefits and risks between Target and JPMorgan Chase, and allows our guests to continue to benefit from the creativity and expertise of the world-class team at Target Financial Services. Most importantly, this innovative transaction marks the beginning of a long-term credit card relationship between Target and JPMorgan Chase, which we believe will create substantial financial and strategic rewards for both of us over time. 

On March 12, Target announced that it was in negotiations with an investment partner to sell an undivided interest in approximately half of Target’s credit card receivables for about $4 billion.

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Nomoto named Sunkist Global managing director

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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. Michael Nomoto, a veteran exporter from Southern California, has been named managing director of Sunkist’s global sourcing organization, Sunkist Global LLC. He replaces Mark Tompkins who was tapped earlier this year to lead Sunkist’s domestic fresh fruit sales network.

In his new position, Nomoto is responsible for securing production and folding it seamlessly into the Sunkist international sales and delivery network.

Nomoto is a 16-year veteran of Nishimoto Trading, whose U.S. operations are headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California. As export manager, he procured U.S. grown produce, including citrus, vegetables and tropical fruit, for the Japanese and Chinese markets.

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