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Target’s 2Q Profits Exceed Expectations

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Chicago, Target Corp.’s second-quarter profits rose 50%. The company earned $540 million, or 61? per share. Analysts had expected earnings to be 59? per share. Last year, Target made $360 million, or 39? per share, during the second quarter.

Target attributes its higher earnings to a demand for clothing and outdoor gear due to the hot summer weather. The company is the No. 2 discount retailer in the U.S. behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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Retailers Cater to College Students

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New York City, The back-to-school season may have a new focus. College students are increasingly interested in decorating their dorm rooms, and they are willing to pay plenty to do it. According to National Retail Federation, college students spent $2.6 billion in dorm room furnishings in 2004. That number does not include the $7.5 billion spent on electronics.

Retailers have responded to this market by offering new dorm-room furnishings, such as more brightly colored backrests and beanbag chairs. Companies are also implementing unique incentives for students. For example, Target Corp. plans to give students free roundtrip bus trips from university campuses and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Linens ’n Things Inc. now have dorm registries on their Web sites.

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Tweens Rule

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New York City, Tweens have a big say in family purchasing decisions, according to the new Nickelodeon/Youth Intelligence June 2005 Tween Report. The 9- to 14-year-old age group wields considerable influence on household purchases, the report shows, particularly on technology-related products such as computers.

According to study, tweens average $9.15 per week in allowance or spending money. They rely on their parents to pay for clothing, food, room decor and toiletries, and save their money to buy “non-necessities” in categories of entertainment, technology and fashion.

Girls strongly influence purchasing decisions on buying clothes and CDs, and for which movies to rent and see in the theater, according to the report. Boys exert their influence on parents when it comes to which video games or systems to buy and which television shows to watch.

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