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Wal-Mart hires Hill+Knowlton exec and former Bush advisor as VP of corporate affairs

BY Marianne Wilson

Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart announced that Dan Bartlett will become the company’s new executive VP of corporate affairs in late June. Bartlett, 41, most recently served as president and CEO of the U. S. arm of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a global business advisory firm serving corporations, non-profits and associations in 52 countries.

Bartlett will report to Mike Duke, Walmart’s president and CEO, and will serve as a member of the company’s executive council. His responsibilities will include oversight of external communications, government relations and sustainability, as well as the Walmart Foundation, which contributed more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind donations last year.

Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton, Bartlett was a senior counselor to President George W. Bush. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the president’s strategic communications planning, formulation of policy and implementation of the president’s agenda.

"Growing up in a small Texas town, I’ve seen first-hand the opportunity Walmart provides and the positive impact it can have on local communities," said Bartlett. "Now Walmart is in a unique position to make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. I am honored and excited to be part of that."

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Judge weighs injunction against Abercrombie & Fitch over store accessibility

BY Staff Writer

Denver — A federal judge in Denver is considering an injunction after ruling that nearly 250 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, including its namesake and Hollister banners, are unfriendly to the disabled, the Associated Press reported.

The judge agreed in March with the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition that the stores limited access for wheelchair-bound customers. He said the only option under the Americans With Disabilities Act is an injunction ordering the problems to be fixed, the report said.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of several Colorado customers who alleged they had trouble getting into the stores and that the sales countertops are too high.

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Sears Canada posts loss; names CFO

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New York — Sears Canada reported a net loss in its first quarter of C$31.2 million ($30.3 million) compared with a net profit of C$93.1 million, a year earlier amid weakened demand for major appliances and home products.

Revenue fell more than 6% to C$867.1 million. Same-store sales fell 2.6%.

The company also named E.J. Bird as CFO. Bird was appointed interim CFO in March, two months after Sharon Driscoll resigned from the post.

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