Sales Rise at Charlotte Russe
San Diego If sales at Charlotte Russe are a reliable barometer, Gen Y girls are still shopping despite the sluggish economy.
Charlotte Russe reported net sales increased 14.9% in the second quarter, from $161.1 million in the same quarter last year to $185.1 million this year.
Same-store sales were up 2.5% for the second quarter.
Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2008 also showed positive trends, increasing 14.3% from $370.3 million in 2007 to $423.3 million and same-store sales were up 1.9% in the first half of this fiscal year.
Sam’s Club limits rice sales
BENTONVILLE, Ark. According to reports, Sam’s Club is limiting its sale of Jasmine, Basmati and Long Grain White rices to four bags per member visit.
The limits are due to supply and demand trends and Sam’s Club is reportedly working to ensure that it has enough of the aforementioned rice products in stock.
Pep Boys names Odell interim ceo
PHILADELPHIA The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack has named Mike Odell, Pep Boys’ coo, as interim ceo, effective immediately. The move was made after Jeff Rachor resigned to become a principal in an automotive dealership venture. Pep Boys also announced that Ray Arthur was named evp – cfo, and is scheduled to begin on April 28.
Odell joined Pep Boys in September 2007 as evp and coo after spending 13 years at Sears Holdings. His last position at Sears was as evp and general manager of Sears Retail & Specialty Stores, a $26 billion business with 1,900 locations. Mike initially joined Sears’ finance department in 1994 where he worked until moving over to its operations team in 1998. There, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility, including vp of stores, finance, and operations of Sears Automotive Group.
“The entire board is highly confident in Mike’s ability to step seamlessly into the role of interim ceo,” said chairman of the board Bill Leonard. “Mike was instrumental in helping to develop the company’s long-term strategic plan and the board is pleased with the progress the company has made in executing its initial steps. Mike’s leadership in driving Pep Boys’ strategic initiatives and our ongoing return to operational excellence makes him the obvious choice for this position. He is a serious candidate for the permanent chief executive position and the company has no plans to conduct a search at this time. The board would also like to thank Jeff for his service to Pep Boys and for his assistance during this executive transition.”