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Yankee Candle narrows loss in Q2

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South Deerfield, Mass. Yankee Holding Corp. and The Yankee Candle Co. reported Thursday that it narrowed its loss in the quarter ended July 3 to $10.2 million, compared with a loss of $12.5 million in the year-ago period.

Retail sales for the second quarter increased 5.2% to $71.7 million.

Same-store sales dropped 3.1%.

The Yankee Candle Co. operates 503 stores in 43 states, as well as sells its products through a North American wholesale customer network of approximately 20,700 store locations.

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Staples names head of foundation division

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples has announced the appointment of Mike Miles as president of Staples Foundation for Learning, the charitable arm of Staples Inc.

Miles, Staples’ president and COO, succeeds Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and CEO, as head of the foundation.

 

“As we continue to build SFFL, we look forward to further engaging our senior executives in contributing to the growth and development of the organization,” said Sargent. “The foundation is in good hands under Mike’s leadership and I look forward to providing my continued support toward the great work the team is doing.”

Since its launch in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to nearly 1,000 non-profit organizations, Staples reported.

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Macy’s quarterly earnings see significant growth

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CINCINNATI Macy’s reported earnings of 35 cents per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010, ended July 31. According to the company, this significant earnings increase over the second quarter of last year was driven by higher-than-expected sales, improved margins, a reduced expense rate and disciplined inventory management.

“We believe our business is beginning to hit its stride after implementing significant structural and organizational changes over thepast two years. While the economic environment remains uncertain, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have a terrific opportunity to continue to take market share and grow our business profitably,” said Terry Lundgren, Macy’s Inc. chairman, president and CEO.

In the second quarter of 2009, Macy’s earned 2 cents per diluted share.

 

Sales in the second quarter totaled $5.537 billion, up 7.2% from total sales of $5.164 billion in the second quarter of 2009. On asame-store basis, Macy’s Inc.’s second quarter sales were up 4.9%.

 

 

Macy’s Inc. currently expects same-store sales in the second half of fiscal 2010 to be up in the range of 3% to 3.5%, whichwould result in full-year 2010 same-store sales to be up between 4% and 4.2%. At the beginning of the year, the company’sinitial guidance was for a 2010 same-store sales increase of 1% to 2%. At the end of the first quarter, full-year same-storesales guidance was raised to up 3% to 3.5%, reflecting improvement in the business trend.

Based on stronger sales expectations, Macy’s Inc. is increasing its full-year 2010 earnings guidance to $1.85 to $1.90 per diluted share.This compares with previous guidance of $1.75 to $1.80 per diluted share, and initial earnings guidance of $1.55 to $1.60 per diluted share provided at the beginning of the year.

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