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Western Union Comes to Wal-Mart Canada

BY CSA STAFF

Englewood, Colo., Western Union Co. announced Tuesday that its money transfer bill-paying services will be offered in Wal-Mart Canada stores. Western Union and Wal-Mart Canada Corp. reached agreement on Tuesday; financial terms were not disclosed.

Western Union money-transfer services became available Tuesday at certain Wal-Mart stores in the Toronto area. A chain-wide rollout of both money transfer and bill-paying services to all 287 Wal-Mart Canada stores is scheduled to be completed in early 2008.

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CEA predicts 7% jump in holiday CE sales

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ARLINGTON, Va. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is forecasting a 7% increase in holiday sales of consumer electronics with laptop computers and video games leading the way.

The CEA projects $48.1 billion in consumer electronics sales for the 2007 holiday season. “Consumer electronics will be the shining star of holiday retail sales, accounting for 22% of all gifts given,” said CEA economist Shawn DuBravac.

A CEA survey shows the top 5 wish list items for CE gifts this year include laptop computers, video game systems, digital cameras, MP3 players and big screen TVS. The 7% jump in sales forecast for this year would be less than half the 15% increase from 2006.

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Fortunoff ties the knot with celebrity wedding planner

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. Fortunoff has hired a new bridal spokesperson to provide couples with bridal registry and event planning, the company said last month.

Mindy Weiss, dubbed the wedding planner to the stars, will use her expertise and provide customers with creative party planning ideas, interior decor tips and utilize her skills with in-store events, visual merchandise presentations and online interactions to make a client’s wedding as stress-free as possible.

Weiss made a guest appearance last month at the company’s White Plains and Westbury stores to provide her creative tips and knowledge of wedding trends for brides-to-be.

“Mindy will be an exciting new complement to Fortunoff’s 85 years experience… [as] one of the nation’s leading tabletop, housewares and jewelry merchants,” said Fortunoff ceo Arnie Orlick.

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