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Toys ‘R’ Us December same-store sales up 4.6%

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Wayne, N.J. Toys “R” Us announced that same-stores sales increased 4.6% in December in its domestic division, while the international division reported a same-store sales increase of 1.1%.

In a press release, the company said it was the fourth consecutive year it has delivered positive December results in its domestic division. Sales trends were relatively similar across all regions of the country. International results varied by country, with relative strength in the United Kingdom and Canada offset by declines primarily in Japan.

“We are very pleased with our December results, which reflect the successful execution of our overall strategy for the holiday selling period,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO, Toys “R” Us. “Taken in combination with the continuing good performance of our toy and baby integration strategy, we look forward to the future and the many opportunities that lie ahead as we continue to position the company for long-term growth.”

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Dollar General names former CVS exec to board

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General David Rickard to its board of directors.

Rickard served as EVP, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer of CVS Caremark Corporation and CVS Pharmacy from September 1999 until December 2009. Prior to joining CVS Caremark, Rickard was the SVP and chief financial officer of RJR Nabisco Holdings Corporation from 1997 to 1999.

“We are pleased to welcome such a retail veteran to our board,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “Dave’s years of experience and diverse retail industry background will be an asset to the Dollar General board. We are certain that his expertise will serve Dollar General well as we work to move the company forward.”

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TWE reports December comps decline

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ALBANY, N.Y. Trans World Entertainment reported a comparable-store sales decrease of 5% for the five-week period ended Jan. 2.

For the nine-week period ended Jan.2, comparable-store sales decreased 8%.  Total sales for the nine-week period were $241 million compared with $287 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 16%.  

For the eleven-month period ended Jan. 2, comparable-store sales decreased 10%. Total sales for the period decreased 18% to $760 million compared with $930 million during the same period last year.

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