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Supervalu sues Wal-Mart in St. Paul, Minn.

BY CSA STAFF

Minneapolis Grocer Supervalu has accused Wal-Mart Stores of violating lease limits on food items sold at its store on University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn.

According to a Monday report by the Star Tribune, Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu, along with landlord DDR MDT Midway Marketplace filed suit against Wal-Mart last week, alleging that the world’s largest retailer is using more than 7,500 sq. ft. of its space at the Midway Marketplace shopping center to sell groceries. Supervalu’s Cub Foods also has a store at the University Avenue center.

Supervalu and DDR say Wal-Mart’s lease limits food sales at the store to 7,500 sq. ft. and 10% of shelf space. In the suit filed in Ramsey County District Court, Supervalu said Wal-Mart may be over the 10% mark, too.

On May 3, DDR gave Wal-Mart written notice that it was in default of its Midway Marketplace lease, the suit says. DDR demanded that Wal-Mart immediately reduce space devoted to food and stop selling fresh-baked goods, frozen meat and dairy products.

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B&N, Pandigital bring color to e-book experience

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DUBLIN , Calif. (May25) Barnes & Noble has partnered with Barnes & Noble to offer the Pandigital Novel, a 7-inch e-reader with integrated Barnes & Noble e-bookstore, full color touch-screen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and multimedia capabilities, Pandigital announced.

Through the partnership, Pandigital Novel cutsomers will have access to Barnes & Noble’s full e-bookstore catalog and be able to share content with others using Barnes & Noble’s LendMe technology.

"First and foremost, the Pandigital Novel e-reader was designed to deliver a world-class e-reading experience," said Dean Finnegan, CEO and founder of Pandigital. "By focusing on delivering superior content from Barnes & Noble, an easy-to-use design and an excellent customer experience, Pandigital is delivering a value proposition not currently available in the eReader category. With its many additional features, Pandigital Novel customers will be able to read what they want and do more of what they want on the go with an affordable product that is simple and fun to use."

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Bach to retire from Microsoft

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Microsoft announced that Robbie Bach, president of the entertainment and devices division, will retire from the company this fall.

The company announced that SVP Don Mattrick will continue to lead the interactive entertainment business and SVP Andy Lees will continue to lead the mobile communications business. Each will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer effective July 1.

"For the past 22 years, Robbie has personified creativity, innovation and drive. With this spirit, he has led a division passionately devoted to making Microsoft successful in interactive entertainment and mobility," Ballmer said. "Robbie’s an amazing business person and close personal friend, which makes his departure a point of sadness for me. However, given the strong leadership team he has built, the business performance of E&D this year and the launches of Windows Phone 7 and ‘Project Natal’ this fall, we are set up well for success as we continue to drive our mobile and entertainment businesses forward."

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