OPERATIONS

Wal-Mart Stores’ annual shareholders meeting set for June 1

BY Staff Writer

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores on Monday announced that the company’s 2012 Annual Shareholders meeting will be held on Fri., June 1, 2012 at 7 a.m. CDT, in Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

The meeting also will be webcast on the company’s website at http://walmartstores.com/investors. Following the meeting, there will be an informal 30-minute live question and answer session with company executives for shareholders.

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Toys ‘R’ Us names chief merchandising officer

BY Staff Writer

Wayne, N.J. –Toys “R” Us has named Richard Barry as senior VP, chief merchandising officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S. In his new role, Barry is responsible for all aspects of merchandising initiatives for the company’s U.S. operations.

Prior to the promotion, Barry served as VP, general merchandising manager for Toys“R”Us, U.S., overseeing the learning and electronics and entertainment product categories.

In addition, the retailer appointed Lisa Harnisch as senior VP, general merchandising manager, Toys, overseeing the merchandising function for the core toy, seasonal and learning product categories.

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NPD Group to analyze Walmart POS data

BY CSA STAFF

New York –The NPD Group, Port Washington, N.Y., has signed an agreement with Wal-Mart Stores to receive and analyze its U.S. point-of-sale data.

Under the terms of the agreement, NPD will receive sales data from Walmart U.S. stores and the retailer’s Web site. The deal covers a broad range of general merchandise categories, but does not include beauty.

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