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Sharper Image Signs Licensing Agreement

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San Francisco, Sharper Image Corp. has signed a multiyear licensing agreement with The EnE Group, LLC, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of luggage, computer cases and related travel accessories.

Under the agreement, The EnE Group will offer a wide range of luggage pieces, business cases, laptop computer cases, travel accessories, plus camera cases and backpacks under The Sharper Image brand name. The inaugural products will be launched in 2008 and will be available at department stores, electronics and computer stores, as well as at other upscale specialty retailers. Additionally, select items from the ENE licensed assortment will be available in Sharper Image stores, and on its catalog and Web site.

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Longs July sales reach $359 million

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Longs Drug Stores today reported preliminary total retail drug store sales from continuing operations of $359 million for the four-week period ended July 26, an increase of 2.9% from $349 million in the comparable period a year ago. Same-store sales for July increased 1.7%.

For the second quarter Longs reported total retail drug store sales from continuing operations of $1.2 billion, an increase of 2.9% over the prior year period. Same-store sales for the second quarter increased 1%.

For the 26 weeks ended July 26, the company reported total retail drug store sales from continuing operations of $2.4 billion, an increase of 3.7% over the 2006 period. Same-store sales for the year-to-date period grew 1.5%.

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Payless puts on its dancing shoes with ABT

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NEW YORK and TOPEKA, Kan. Payless ShoeSource and American Ballet Theatre have teamed up to create a new line of affordable dance shoes. The collection, branded ABT for Spotlights, is available in about 3,000 Payless stores nationwide and at Payless.com and includes styles for ballet, jazz and tap, as well as accessories such as dance bags ranging in price from $15 to $25 dollars. The shoes are designed for beginners and available in kids and adult sizes.

 “Our alliance with ABT for the ABT for Spotlights collection enables us to bring innovation and authentic performance shoes to our customers, and allows us to support the arts in a meaningful and interactive manner,” said Matt Rubel, ceo and president of Payless ShoeSource. “Everyone wins — consumers receive authentic dance shoes at a great price in our stores, ABT makes dance accessible to the public, and Payless as a company becomes more connected to young girls — whose number one activity is dance.”

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