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Winn-Dixie Taps Merchandising Exec

BY CSA STAFF

Jacksonville, Fla., Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has hired Tom Robbins as senior VP of merchandising, effective March 28. He has 37 years of experience in the supermarket industry, most recently as senior VP of sales and marketing for regional grocer Delchamps Inc.

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Goody’s Family Clothing Shares Drop

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New York City, In response to a company warning that first-quarter earnings would be much lower than last year’s results, shares of Goody’s Family Clothing tumbled today.

Shares of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based retailer of moderately priced family clothing gave up 17.7%, or $1.94, to $9 in early morning trading on the Nasdaq, where it was the biggest percentage loser. Trading volume was more than six times its average volume over the previous three months. The company operates 358 stores mostly in the South and Midwest.

Private investment bank Avondale Partners said today it cut its rating on Goody’s to “Market Perform” from “Market Outperform” and lowered its stock price target from $13 to $11, saying, “We believe in this early part of the year it is prudent to wait for evidence of firming sales.”

Goody’s blamed bad weather, an early Easter and a tight economy for its lowered first-quarter earnings.

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Wal-Mart’s Quebec Union Battle Continues

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Bentonville, Ark., The United Food and Commercial Workers Canada hasn’t given up on its efforts to unionize Wal-Mart employees in Quebec, published reports say. The UFCW filed two applications for unionizing employees at a Gatineau Wal-Mart. One application was for general employees, and the other was for the workers in the location’s Tire and Lube Express shop.

The UFCW has already won union certification at a Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Another location in Jonquiere was nearing unionization before Wal-Mart announced plans to shutter that store by this May.

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