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Wal-Mart Abandons Singles-Shopping Program

BY CSA STAFF

Bentonville, Ark., Though successful in its German stores, Wal-Mart has put an end to its Singles Shopping in the United States.

Active in just one store in Roanoke, Va., the Singles Shopping program had Friday-evening unattached customers adorning their shopping carts with a red bow to signal availability. “Flirt points” were set up in various sections of the store.

Complaints led to the dissolution of the program.

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Iconix to Buy Joe Boxer

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New York City, Iconix Brand Group has entered into a letter of intent to purchase the high-profile Joe Boxer intimates brand. Iconix, which went by the name Candie’s until last month, said it was negotiating a definitive purchase agreement subject in part to the company’s ability to obtain financing, among other contingencies.

The Joe Boxer brand has had an exclusive distribution deal with Kmart since 2001. Sears Holdings Corp. carried over the agreement when Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Holding Corp. merged this year.

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Attorneys Prepare Wal-Mart Defamation Lawsuit

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Little Rock, Ark., Lawyers for fired Wal-Mart VP Jared Bowen sued the retailer late yesterday for defamation, claiming that Wal-Mart has characterized Bowen as “a liar, a thief and a fraud.” Bowen is accusing Wal-Mart of sullying his reputation with public criticism and reiterated claims that he was terminated after he drew attention to misspending by an upper-level executive.

Wal-Mart fired Bowen around the same time that former vice chairman Tom Coughlin was accused by the company of misspending up to $500,000. Wal-Mart has said Bowen was a part of the scheme.

Bowen’s lawsuit was filed in the Benton County Circuit Court.

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