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Sales Up for Week Ending Feb. 23

BY CSA STAFF

Chicago ShopperTrak RCT Corp.’s National Retail Sales Estimate, a national benchmark of retail sales, reported on Tuesday that sales for the week ending Feb. 23 increased a slight 2.0% as compared to the same time period in 2007.

The report also found that both year-over-year and week-over-week sales returned to more seasonal levels last week following the strong increase retailers experienced the previous week (ending Feb. 19) which contained both Valentine’s and President’s Day holiday spending.

 

On a week-over-week comparison, sales for the week ending Feb. 23 slipped 5.4% as compared to the previous week ending Feb. 16.

Nevertheless, so far in 2008, ShopperTrak has measured an increase in seven out of eight possible weeks.

ShopperTrak also reported that, to date, average weekly sales for February vs. last year are up 3.1%.

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Family Dollar names human resources head

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MATTHEWS, N.C. Family Dollar Stores today announced that Bryan Venberg has been named to the position of senior vp of human resources. Venberg will report to Howard Levine, chairman of the board and ceo.

Prior to joining Family Dollar, Venberg served as senior vp of operations of customer service and human resources with ShopNBC. He has held similar positions with Target, as well as with Marshall Fields.

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Staples to offer free tax return copies

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples announced today that it will be offering its customers free copies of their 2007 tax returns. On April 15, Staples Copy & Print Centers nationwide will provide free copies, up to 20 pages, of 2007 tax returns.

We have all become so comfortable storing and sending data electronically, that many people are not keeping hard copies of important documents, said John Burke, senior vp of business services at Staples. Nothing is easier to access and more reliable than a paper copy of your taxes, which is why Staples is offering free copies of tax returns. 

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