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RILA opposed to national sales tax; would stunt consumer spending

BY Staff Writer

Arlington, Va. — With the presidential campaign in full swing and discussion of a new national sales tax as a component to tax reform being discussed, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) reiterated the strong opposition of the retail community to any sort of national sales tax or Value Added Tax (VAT).

“While the retail industry supports comprehensive tax reform and generally commends efforts to simplify and flatten the tax code, a national sales tax would neither improve federal tax policy nor jumpstart economic growth,” said. Katherine Lugar, executive VP for public affairs, RILA. “With two-thirds of our economy dependent on consumer spending, anything that stifles consumer activity would have severe economic consequences. A national sales tax or VAT would severely stunt consumer spending and ultimately dampen our country’s already fledgling economic recovery.”

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Pier 1 plans $100 million buyback

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Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports plans to buy back up to $100 million of its common stock.

The chain said it had about 109.6 million outstanding shares as of Friday.

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Office Max consolidates credit lines

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Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax on Friday said it is amending two credit lines and consolidated them into a new $650 million revolving credit facility that expires in October 2016.

The two existing agreements included a $700 million U.S. credit facility and a $60 million Canadian facility ($59.1 million U.S.) that were set to expire in July 2012.

There are currently no outstanding borrowings under the facility.

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