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Urban Outfitters Reorganizes Anthropologie Philadelphia

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Urban Outfitters, Inc. has created a new leadership structure for the North American region of its Anthropologie brand. Two long-term senior Anthropologie executives, Wendy Wurtzburger and Wendy Brown, will lead the brand in the newly created roles of chief merchandising officer and COO of the Anthropologie division.

Effective immediately, Wurtzburger will be responsible for leading merchandise design, buying, planning and allocation, plus brand finance. Meanwhile, Brown will drive the company’s front-end operations including store management, real estate, store design and visual merchandising, along with all direct-to-consumer operations including brand-wide marketing and ‘Anthro’, the brand’s new customer-relationship program.

Wurtzburger has been in a senior merchandising role at Anthropologie for 10 years, most recently as executive director and general merchandise manager.

Brown began her career with Urban Outfitters Inc. in 1991 and over the years has held a variety of senior operational roles across the company. Prior to being named COO of Anthropologie, Brown served as senior executive director of Retail at Anthropologie.

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Best Buy launches DTV microsite, Facebook application

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy announced two new online initiatives to help consumers prepare for the transition from analog to digital television in February 2009. The company has launched a microsite, www.askablueshirt.com, which gives consumers access to Best Buy home theater professionals and DTV-related educational information. In addition, the company also launched an interactive application on the social networking site Facebook, which boasts 90 million active users worldwide, to further promote DTV awareness.

“With the transition date approaching, we want to do whatever we can to help educate people about their options, said Mike Mohan, senior vice president of consumer electronics for Best Buy. “The Facebook application and our microsite will reach out to new audiences with this message, encouraging young people to make sure they are ready for DTV, and to help family and friends who have not yet prepared.”

Askablueshirt.com provides information on how to participate in the coupon program established by the National Telecommunications, as well as other information related to the DTV switch, through a blog and frequently asked questions section.  

The Facebook application features quizes on TV shows that incorporate DTV-related questions and a “forward to a friend” component.

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Longs Drugs reports 2Q income growth

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. Longs Drug Stores reported preliminary income from continuing operations for the second quarter ended July 31 of $27.5 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, a 6.8% increase compared with income from continuing operations for the second quarter ended July 26, 2007 of $25.7 million, or 67 cents per diluted share.

Retail drug store sales increased 0.5% to $1.20 billion for the 13 weeks ended July 31. Same-store sales decreased 1.1% with pharmacy same-store sales decreasing 0.6% and front-end same-store sales decreasing 1.6%. Pharmacy sales were 51.6% of retail drug store sales during the period, compared with 51.3% a year ago.

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