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Summer Starts Slow at Cracker

BY CSA STAFF

Lebanon, Tenn. The CBRL Group, owner of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants, reported same-store sales for the month of June were down in foodservice but up slightly in its gift stores.

Despite higher-average restaurant tickets, up 3.8% primarily as a result of price increases in its menu, same-store restaurant sales were down 1.2% for the four-week period that ended Friday. Same-store retail sales in Cracker Barrel gift shops were up 0.2%. However, year-to-date fiscal results indicated that overall same-store restaurant sales trended up 0.7% and gift stores were down 0.4%.

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Survey: Businesses want to go green, but afraid of costs

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. According to a survey of 2,500 business professionals by Office Depot, half of all respondents are interested in making their offices “greener.”

While 50% of those surveyed said they’d like to have a greener office, more than half (55%) said they did not associate going green with saving money.

According to Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot, There is actually a range of cost scenarios that a business could face when deciding to go green, he explained. Some choices, like remanufactured cartridges, cost less; some require an upfront investment but come with long term cost savings, like compact fluorescent lights; some products entail no price difference; and some green ideas do cost more. The trick is to understand the different options and not assume that going green will always result in higher costs.

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Toys ‘R’ Us to be exclusive retailer of ‘Soul Bubbles’ Nintendo DS game

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Toys “R” Us will be the exclusive retailer of Soul Bubbles, a new game for Nintendo DS created by Eidos Interactive.

“Creative and refreshing, Soul Bubbles is a unique game that DS owners won’t want to miss,” said Robert Lindsey, evp of sales and marketing for Eidos Inc. “This is a charming story combined with gameplay that pushes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS is sure to engage all puzzle gaming fans.”

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