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Survey: Credit-card fraud up in United States

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New York City — One-third (29% ) of consumers across eight major economies have been victims of credit-card fraud in the past five years, according to the 2010 Global Card Fraud Survey by ACI Worldwide, an international provider of payment systems.

The United States has a higher instance of credit-card fraud than most other countries surveyed, with 32% of consumers falling victim in the past five years, up from 27% only 18 months ago, ACI’s 2010 Global Card Fraud survey. The number of credit-card fraud victims varies significantly by country — 43% of people in China for example, compared with only 11% in the Netherlands.

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Kroger to open largest Atlanta-based supermarket

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SMYRNA, Ga. — Tri-Land Properties has broken ground for the redevelopment of The Crossings at Four Corners here in Smyrna, Ga. The 8-acre site will be home to Kroger’s largest supermarket in the Atlanta area: a 96,000-sq.-ft. grocer replete with fuel station, a wine shop and drive-through pharmacy.

The project is expected to be completed by November, Tri-Land Properties announced. “The Crossings at Four Corners Kroger location is replacing an outdated, 42,000-sq.-ft., 40-year-old store located across the street,” Tri-Land stated in a release.

In addition to the new Kroger, the redevelopment will include the renovation of 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space and the development of eight outparcels available for development, as well as a 25,000-sq.-ft. pad available for a new anchor tenant, located adjacent to Kroger.

The completed center will reach 230,000 sq. ft.

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Wooden “Cars” line drives into Toys”R”Us

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WAYNE, N.J. — Toys“R”Us has announced the launch of the first-ever collection of wood vehicles, track and playsets based on the popular Disney-Pixar movie, Cars, availableexclusively at Toys“R”Us stores around the world and online at Toysrus.com. The collection was created and designed by Toys“R”Us in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products.

The current collection of 15 items consists of a variety of collectible Cars vehicle 2-packs, destination playsets and a track set. The wood line will soon be expanded with vehicles and playsets based on the release of Cars 2, in theaters June 24.

The Disney-Pixar Cars Wood Collection products are priced from $16.99 to $49.99.

“The Disney-Pixar Cars Wood Collection builds on our long-standing relationship with Disney Consumer Products and our desire to bring new and innovative play experiences to kids and families through quality products,” said Richard Barry, VP, general merchandising manager learning toys, electronics and entertainment for Toys“R”Us. “We are excited to introduce this differentiated line of toys that allows kids to race through the world of Cars in a whole new way.”

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