Wal-Mart to open near N.C. military base
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart is hiring for 300 jobs at a location the company is planning to open this summer in Raeford, N.C.
Raeford is in a section of traditionally rural and poor Hoke County that is undergoing a population boon expected to bring 40,000 more residents to Hoke, nearly doubling the current population of 47,000, according to the Triangle Business Journal.
The growth is being spurred by the expansion of nearby Fort Bragg as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.
Hibbett reports strong Q1, raises outlook
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Hibbett Sports reported that net sales for the first quarter ended May 1 increased 17% to $184.5 million compared with $157.7 million for the first quarter ended May 2, 2009. Comparable-store sales increased 14.5%.
Net income for the first quarter of Fiscal 2011 increased 58.9% to $17.3 million compared with $10.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Earnings per diluted share increased 56.8% to 59 cents compared with 38 cents for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
Jeff Rosenthal, president and CEO, stated, “The strong sales trend we experienced in the fourth quarter of last year continued throughout the first quarter of this year and into the second quarter. Our overall positive sales performance was driven by double-digit increases in footwear and apparel. The broad-based improvement and exceptional operating margin give us confidence in our optimistic outlook for the remainder of the year.”
The company increased its earnings guidance for fiscal 2011 to a range of $1.35 to $1.50 per diluted share based on mid- to high-single-digit increases in comparable-store sales for the full year.
Target prepares for hurricane season
MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that it will serve as a destination for consumers looking to prepare for hurricane season during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 23 to 29.
Target pointed to the number of services it offers including a 24-hour daily command center that monitors global events that could impact its customers and associates. The retailer also said its stores will remain open as long as possible during an emergency to help communities get the supplies they need and holds merchandise in its distribution centers in advance of hurricane season so that it can get supplies to stores as quickly as possible.
“We want our guests to know that before and after a crisis, communities can count on Target,” says Brad Brekke, VP Target assets protection.