Phillips to bring modern and contemporary art to eBay’s community through eBay’s Live Auctions platform

San Jose, California, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — eBay and Phillips are proud to announce a new partnership that unites the world’s most vibrant online marketplace with the contemporary art and design-focused international auction house. Through eBay’s live auctions platform, online buyers will gain access to Phillips highly regarded 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, and Watches and Jewelry auctions.

Over the next year, Phillips will offer live-streaming auctions on eBay, beginning on September 17 in New York with “New Now,” a sale of collectible contemporary art, which focuses on what is happening right now in the contemporary art world. eBay’s global audience will be able to participate in auctions on the eBay marketplace using the company’s world-class software solutions and bidding technology. Auctions will be promoted by both Phillips and eBay, and will give buyers the ability to participate in traditional live auctions through real-time bidding.

“We’re excited to partner with such a well-respected international auction house specializing in contemporary art, underscoring our commitment in the art and collectibles space,” said Linda Campbell, divisional merchandise manager for Art & Collectibles at eBay. “Founded over 200 years ago, Phillips is a dynamic auction house that sells some of the world’s most important contemporary works of art, which we’re thrilled to make more accessible to our global eBay community and Phillips clients alike.”

Both eBay and Phillips have vast experience in the art and collectibles space, providing sellers around the world with the platforms to remain competitive, while offering buyers access to highly regarded and hard-to-find artwork and design objects. The partnership marks the continued commitment by both companies to invest in digital services to meet the evolving needs of today’s buyers and sellers.

“This is a significant initiative that allows Phillips clients to easily access our sales and bid on collectible art and design on a platform that spans the globe,” said Phillips Chairman and CEO Edward Dolman. “Phillips’ digital strategy has become an increasingly important aspect of the business, and this initiative is one more step in establishing Phillips as an international leader.”

The eBay marketplace provides a virtual entrance to live auction events, giving millions of active online buyers access to some of the world’s most established artists, designers, and makers, as well as emerging names in art and design.

About Phillips
Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st Century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London and Geneva, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. Visit us at www.phillips.com.

About eBay
eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) is the world’s most vibrant marketplace for discovering great value and unique selection. eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the globe, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Our vision for commerce is one that is enabled by people, powered by technology and open to everyone. We focus on empowering our sellers, not competing with them, and we create stronger connections between buyers and sellers with product experiences that are fast, mobile and secure. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re just as passionate today about connecting buyers and sellers as when we founded the company in 1995. For more information, visithttps://www.ebayinc.com/.

 

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Contacts:

Meg Blackburn, FITZ & CO for eBay
Phone: 212-620-7390
Email: meg@fitzandco.com

Camille Desprez, FITZ & CO for eBay
Phone: 212-589-0920
Email: Camille.desprez@fitzandco.com

Kim French, Phillips (New York)
Phone: 212-940-1229
Email: kfrench@phillips.com

Alex Godwin-Brown, Phillips (London)
Phone: +44 20 7318 4036
Email: 408-376-7528

Ryan Moore, eBay
Phone: 408-376-7528
Email: ryanmoore@ebay.com

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Phillips to bring modern and contemporary art to eBay’s community through eBay’s Live Auctions platform

Phillips to bring modern and contemporary art to eBay’s community through eBay’s Live Auctions platform

Sept. 1 named “eBay Day” in San Jose for eBay’s 20th anniversary

In honor of our company’s 20th anniversary, Sam Liccardo named Sept. 1 “eBay Day.”

San Jose, California, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of our company’s 20th anniversary, “eBay Day” was officially announced at a City Council Chambers meeting in San Jose this week. Mayor Sam Liccardo presented eBay SVP and Chief Strategy Officer Kris Miller with a plaque to commemorate the occasion, and eBay staff members were on hand as well.

Mayor Liccardo is seen in the photo above, in the dark suit, and Kris Miller is to his left.

“We are here to celebrate eBay’s 20th birthday,” said Liccardo, in an address. “We are thrilled that eBay is thriving as a global online marketplace right here in San Jose. We are also grateful for all the jobs that the company has provided. We really appreciate it.”

“eBay is a company that is very clear about its purpose,” Miller said in her City Council Chambers address. “It empowers people and creates opportunity through Connected Commerce.”

“The company was built on the idea of giving and that is important to us because we believe we should have positive social impact in addition to our impact on commerce.” Miller noted that over the past 20 years, eBay has facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars in charitable donations.

Following the presentation of the commemorative plaque, Mayor Liccardo posed for pictures with Miller and staff from eBay headquarters in San Jose.

eBay

United States: press@ebay.com
Canada: canada.press@ebay.com

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Sept. 1 named "eBay Day" in San Jose for eBay’s 20th anniversary

Sept. 1 named “eBay Day” in San Jose for eBay’s 20th anniversary

Lowe’s Bob Hull and Mike McDermott to present at the Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference in NY

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announces that Robert F. Hull, Jr, chief financial officer, and Michael P. McDermott, chief merchandising officer, will present at the Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York, NY.

What: Presentation by Bob Hull and Mike McDermott at the Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference in New York, NY
When: 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Where: http://www.Lowes.com/investor
Click on Webcasts and then Lowe’s Companies at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference
How: Live over the internet – the archived webcast will be available until November 9, 2015

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada andMexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

The Michaels Companies at the 22nd Annual Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference in New York City

IRVING, Texas, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIK) today announced that it will participate in the 22nd Annual Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Chuck Sonsteby, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, is currently scheduled to present on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:50 a.m. Eastern Time.

The audio portion of the presentation will be webcast live at http://investors.michaels.com/ and an archived replay will be available for 30 days.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of August 1, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,186 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, and Imagin8®.

Investor:
ICR, Inc.
Farah Soi/Anne Rakunas
203.682.8200
Farah.Soi@icrinc.com/Anne.Rakunas@icrinc.com

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Media:
ICR, Inc.
Michael Fox/Jessica Liddell
203.682.8200
Jessica.Liddell@icrinc.com

Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood will be the headline act at the 2015 Belk Bowl this December

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Belk Bowl is thrilled to announce that superstar and seven-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood will be the headline act at the 2015 Belk Bowl this December. The 14th annual Belk Bowl will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. and will feature a matchup of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Carrie Underwood is a tremendous addition to this year’s Belk Bowl,” says Jon Pollack, Belk’s executive vice president of sales promotion, marketing and eCommerce. “We look forward to a dynamic and high energy performance that will be the perfect launch to our game day.”

This year’s FanFest event is free to the public and will begin at 10:00 a.m. with Carrie’s performance scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Individual tickets for the 2015 Belk Bowl will go on sale in early October and will be available through TicketMaster and the participating schools.

For more information or to reserve your tickets today, contact Tickets@CharlotteSports.org. Fans can visit the official website, www.BelkBowl.com, for more information about the game and surrounding events.

About Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold more than 56 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.4 billion times worldwide. In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.” In September of 2015, she begins her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and on November 4, she’ll return for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood is at radio now with her record-breaking single “Smoke Break,” the first single released from her fifth studio album, Storyteller, out worldwide on October 23, 2015. For more information and tour dates, please visit: www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 297 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $21.5 million to communities within Belk market areas.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

About The Charlotte Sports Foundation
The Charlotte Sports Foundation provides leadership for sports-based initiatives that create a positive economic impact and enhance quality of life in the Charlotte region. Established in 2013, we’re a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that develops unique experiences, events and business opportunities around professional, collegiate and amateur sports. Our signature events include the annual Belk Bowl and the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship.

Related Links
www.belk.com
www.belkbowl.com

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, (704) 426-8333, jessica_graham@belk.com

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Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood will be the headline act at the 2015 Belk Bowl this December

Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood will be the headline act at the 2015 Belk Bowl this December

IKEA officially broke ground for its new, larger store in Burbank, California

BURBANK, CA, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — With company representatives, Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, City Council members, local officials and community leaders on-hand, IKEA the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially broke ground where it is constructing a new, larger store in Burbank, California, less than one mile away from the company’s oldest store in the Western United States. Until the new, roomier store opens on the new site in Spring 2017, customers can continue to shop at the existing IKEA Burbank. (Nearby IKEA stores are in Carson, Costa Mesa and Covina.)

The current 242,000-square-foot IKEA Burbank, the first IKEA store in California and sixth in the U.S., opened November 1990 on 6.4 acres along I-5 at San Fernando Boulevard. The future 456,000-square-foot store and its more than 1,700 convenient parking spaces will be built on 22 acres west of San Fernando Boulevard and south of Providencia Avenue, providing customers with improved accessibility. IKEA has contracted with VCC Construction to build the store, and plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. Just as the existing store has a solar photovoltaic array atop its roof, IKEA hopes to install a similar solar energy system atop the relocated store. In addition to the nearly 400 Burbank coworkers already part of the global IKEA family, the new store will generate even more sales and property tax revenue yearly for the City and local schools.

“We are pleased to be breaking ground today on our commitment to extend our Burbank presence with a new, larger and updated store that will provide an improved experience for our many loyal customers currently shopping at IKEA Burbank,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA US president. “This new IKEA Burbank store also will help us introduce the latest version of the unique IKEA concept to Southern Californians who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not yet had the chance to visit an IKEA store.”

The new, more spacious IKEA Burbank will feature a larger quantity of the nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger (600-seat) restaurant serving Swedish specialties. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. IKEA now offers a product picking and delivery service and an IKEA Family loyalty program, and has begun visiting homes in areas where it has stores so design solutions can better reflect local living situations and needs.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

SOURCE:  Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

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M&S launches new campaign across TV, print and digital platforms designed to put a spotlight on the unique quality and style of M&S products

LONDON, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Autumn 2015, M&S introduces ‘The Art of’ – a new campaign across TV, print and digital platforms designed to put a spotlight on the unique quality and style of M&S products. The new campaign uses a stylish and cutting edge format to celebrate the craftsmanship and fashion credentials across M&S’ women’s, men’s, kids’ and home ranges.  The campaign launches in the UK from 7pm on 2nd September 2015 and elements will be used across 50 international markets.

Watch the video above to find out more about the campaign

The Art of Launch Ad
https://player.vimeo.com/external/138067022.hd.mp4?s=cf66f0a2a8fa55f6dff689f9e3a87396&profile_id=119&download=1

Behind the Scenes on The Art of shoot
https://player.vimeo.com/external/137977417.hd.mp4?s=69ae42ada809f6508ad91351b782f00d&profile_id=113&download=1

Commentary from Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne
https://player.vimeo.com/external/138064055.hd.mp4?s=e6f28678bb97c0eee0cee14d0179bebc&profile_id=119&download=1

SOURCE: M&S

H&M Conscious Foundation donates USD 500,000 to relief refugee crisis in Europe

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Conscious Foundation has decided to donate USD 500,000 to support the organization UNHCR in their emergency relief work, offering refugees food, medical care and shelter as well as migration services.

So far, this year, more than 300,000 refugees have fled across the Mediterranean from war, violence, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Every day a large number of refugees arrive on the shores of south Europe in need of shelter, food, health care and water.

The H&M Conscious Foundation will donate USD 500,000 to UNHCR who are offering refugees support on site. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards interventions such as emergency rescue kits, medical care, shelter, migration services, as well as special support to children.

About the Conscious Foundation
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within three focus areas, as chosen by H&M employees and customers: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women.

To further improve living conditions the Foundation supports innovative ideas that contribute to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources, and it can also provide emergency relief in countries where H&M operates. Today, the Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M.

For further information, visit hm.com/consciousfoundation.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, we help safeguard fundamental human rights and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.

 

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

H&M: 18,000 tonnes of textiles collected globally as part of our Garment Collecting Initiative

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our mission is to close the loop on fashion. By collecting old clothes and turn them into new updated styles, instead of letting them go to waste, we can completely change the way fashion is made.

Since 2013, H&M customers worldwide CAN bring unwanted or worn out clothes from any brand to any of its stores as part of its Garment Collecting Initiative.  So far, over 18,000 tonnes of textiles have been collected globally.

H&M wants to create a closed loop for its textiles, in which the fabrics from unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones. A closed loop on textile fibers will reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet. It will take us a step in the right direction from a linear to a circular economy.

Brand new denim key pieces, made from textiles recycled from the Garment Collecting initiative, are now available in store and online.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

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H&M: 18,000 tonnes of textiles collected globally as part of our Garment Collecting Initiative

H&M: 18,000 tonnes of textiles collected globally as part of our Garment Collecting Initiative

H&M positive to the uniform minimum wage set in Myanmar

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — At H&M, we are positive to the uniform minimum wage that has been set by the Government. A uniform minimum wage across all industries is essential for the sustainable economic development not only for the textile industry but also for the country as a whole.

H&M also believes that the minimum wage should be reconsidered through an annual review mechanism, which is inclusive of key stakeholders. It aims at laying the foundation for a vibrant tripartite industrial relation and wage level negotiations process based on transparency, inclusiveness and peaceful negotiation.

The above has been addressed in two joint letters to the Government of Myanmar. H&M has also met with the Ministry of Labor and expressed our expectations about setting minimum wage levels and annual review mechanisms to ensure that workers receive a fair wage.

H&M’s role is to contribute to a working environment in the factories where a skilled workforce has their wages annually reviewed and negotiated. We believe that meaningful collective bargaining is very important and are looking at ways to strengthen it. Workers’ ability to organise and negotiate about their rights is key to improve working conditions. That is why we have set industrial relations as one of our main sustainability focus and will launch a project to strengthen industrial relations in Myanmar in 2015.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

British Land named Regional Sector Leader for Europe/Diversified in 2015 GRESB global sustainability assessment of real estate portfolios

LONDON, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 3, 2015), British Land is pleased to announce its latest achievement as Regional Sector Leader for Europe/Diversified in the 2015 GRESB global sustainability assessment of real estate portfolios.

This is the second year in a row that British Land has been ranked as a sector leader by GRESB and this was achieved primarily through evidence shown in environmental management systems to deliver significant energy reductions and efficiencies.

The dynamic benchmark is used by more than 50 institutional investors to engage with their investments with the aim of improving the sustainability performance of their investment portfolios and the global property sector at large. Broad sustainability issues such as risk assessments, policy management and stakeholder engagement are covered as well as more specific performance indicators on energy, waste and water.

The survey is also aligned with international reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), both of which have independently verified British Land’s Sustainability reporting framework and processes for many years.

Justin Snoxall, Head of Sustainability, British Land said, ‘We are delighted to have been recognised in this way for the second year running. Our approach is one of continuous improvement and responding to our stakeholders. The investor community is a very important stakeholder group for British Land so as Regional Sector Leader in GRESB, we can further demonstrate how our sustainability strategy is providing long term tangible benefits to investors.’

Nils Kok, CEO, GRESB said, “Sector leaders demonstrate that they have grasped the sustainability challenges of a particular property type and have used that understanding to develop industry leading strategy and best practices.”

Contact:
Helen Lo, British Land 07912 572619

NOTES TO EDITORS

About British Land

We are one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. We own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London Offices & Residential. We have total assets in the UK, owned or managed of £18.9 billion (British Land share of which is £13.6 billion), as valued at 31 March 2015. Our properties are home to over 1,200 different organisations ranging from international brands to local start ups. Our objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to our shareholders and we do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and we aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives. Our customer orientation enables us to develop a deep understanding of the people who use our places. We employ a lean team of experts, who have the skills to translate this understanding into creating the right places, and we have an efficient capital structure which is able to effectively finance these places.

UK Retail assets account for 55% of our portfolio. As the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space, our portfolio is well matched to the different ways people shop today, from major regional shopping centres to single occupier locations. We are focused on being the destination of choice for retailers and their customers by being the best provider of spaces and services. Comprising around 22 million sq ft of retail space across shopping parks, superstores, shopping centres, department stores and leisure assets, the retail portfolio is modern, flexible and adaptable to a wide range of formats.

Our Office and Residential portfolio, which accounts for 45% of our portfolio is focused on London, We have an attractive mix of high‑quality buildings in well‑managed environments and a pipeline of development projects, which will add significantly to our portfolio. Increasingly, our offices are in mixed-use environments which include retail and residential elements. Our 6.7 million sq ft of high quality office space includes Regent’s Place and Paddington Central in the West End and Broadgate, the premier City office campus (50% share).

Our size and substance demands a responsible approach to business. We believe leadership on issues such as sustainability helps drive our performance and is core to the delivery of our overall objective of driving shareholder value and creating Places People Prefer.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo and CFO Dave Denton to speak at Morgan Stanley 2015 Global Healthcare Conference on Sep 17

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:  CVS) today announced that Larry Merlo, the company’s president and chief executive officer, and Dave Denton, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will be speaking to investors at the Morgan Stanley 2015 Global Healthcare Conference on September 17, 2015. They are scheduled to speak at approximately 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

An audio webcast of the presentation will be broadcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations portion of the CVS Health website for all interested parties. To access the webcast, visit http://investors.cvshealth.com. This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the presentation.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail pharmacies, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE CVS Health Corporation

CVS Health marks one year since it ended tobacco sales at CVS/pharmacy

  • New Data Shows Reduction in Cigarette Purchases Across All Retailers
  • CVS Health and its Foundation Announce School-based Tobacco-prevention Program

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today marked the first anniversary of ending tobacco sales at CVS/pharmacy by releasing new data showing a measurable reduction in cigarette purchases over the past year. The company also announced it is renewing its commitment to creating a tobacco-free generation through a joint initiative between CVS Health, its Foundation and Scholastic to launch a school-based tobacco-prevention program.

“One year ago, we stopped selling tobacco products because it conflicted with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health. “Today, we are excited to release new data demonstrating the positive impact our decision has had on public health overall as shown by a measurable decrease in the number of cigarette purchases across all retailers.”

The study, conducted by the CVS Health Research Institute, evaluated cigarette pack purchases at drug, food, big box, dollar, convenience and gas station retailers in the eight months after CVS/pharmacy stopped selling tobacco products. The study found an additional one percent reduction in cigarette pack sales in states where CVS/pharmacy had a 15 percent or greater share of the retail pharmacy market, compared to states with no CVS/pharmacy stores. Over the same eight-month period, the average smoker in these states purchased five fewer cigarette packs and, in total, approximately 95 million fewer packs were sold.

Further bolstering the impact of CVS/pharmacy’s tobacco removal, the CVS Health Research Institute study showed a four percent increase in nicotine patch purchases in the states with a CVS/pharmacy market share of 15 percent of more, in the period immediately following the end of tobacco sales. This indicates that there was also a positive effect on attempts to quit smoking.

“We know that more than two-thirds of smokers want to quit – and that half of smokers try to quit each year. We also know that cigarette purchases are often spontaneous. And so we reasoned that removing a convenient location to buy cigarettes could decrease overall tobacco use,” Brennan said. “This new data demonstrates that CVS Health’s decision to stop selling tobacco did indeed have a real public health impact.”

The impact of CVS Health’s tobacco cessation efforts can also be measured in the reach of its pharmacists and nurse practitioners, who have worked to support customers’ efforts to quit smoking. Since September 3, 2014, the average number of MinuteClinic “Start to Stop” smoking cessation visits conducted per month nearly doubled. CVS pharmacists counseled more than 260,000 patients about smoking cessation and filled nearly 600,000 nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) prescriptions. The company also distributed millions of smoking cessation informational brochures and hundreds of thousands of “Last Pack” toolkits, and educated more than one million people via its Online Cessation Hub on CVS.com.

In the year since removing tobacco products, CVS Health also made a significant commitment to philanthropic giving and strategic partnerships, pledging more than $1 million in corporate grants to tobacco cessation and prevention programs. CVS Health and its Foundation also built on partnerships with organizations leading the fight against tobacco and supporting those living with its health consequences including Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Stand Up To Cancer, and American Lung Association’s LUNGFORCE.

In celebration of the past year’s success, CVS Health has made new commitments to further its impact in the coming years. Today, CVS Health and its Foundation also announced a strategic initiative with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to introduce a new, school-based program aimed at preventing youth smoking and teaching children about the health consequences of tobacco use.

“Over the last year, CVS Health has created partnerships with community organizations across the country that are dedicated to helping people quit smoking and communicating the importance of never starting tobacco use,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health and President, CVS Health Foundation. “Today, we are proud to mark our one-year anniversary by building on our commitment to be a meaningful part of the effort to make the next generation tobacco-free. By partnering with an expert partner in education to launch this new program, we will reach millions of kids across the country with critical tobacco-prevention education.”

The program will reach nearly three million children in grades three, four and five when it begins this fall, with a second component offered in some pilot markets for young adults in grades six and seven to be introduced in early 2016. It will include classroom resources for teachers and students as well as take-home components that give parents the opportunity to talk to their children about smoking. The middle school component will include a student engagement program, with the chance to receive incentives such as scholarships and youth-focused community training.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 7,800 retail pharmacies, nearly 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin Shields Britt
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Carolyn Castel
(401) 770-5717
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com

 

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CVS Health marks one year since it ended tobacco sales at CVS/pharmacy

CVS Health marks one year since it ended tobacco sales at CVS/pharmacy

NCCR to Labor Department: plans to expand overtime eligibility would hit chain restaurant owners harder than other businesses

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants told the Labor Department today that the department’s proposal to expand overtime eligibility would hit its member companies harder than other businesses, requiring drastic changes in staffing structure, severely limiting promotion and career opportunities for would-be managers and possibly putting some restaurants out of business.

“The regulations which the department is proposing to change were modernized in 2004 to specifically recognize the unique role that supervisors in restaurants must perform and the exceptional career advancement opportunities that restaurant provide to hourly workers,” NCCR Executive Director Rob Green said. “If allowed to stand, the one-size-fits-all proposal will harm chain restaurant managers’ career advancement, eliminate key management positions, and have a negative impact on customer service and workplace morale. We need policy that encourages workplace advancement and this is a step in the wrong direction.”

Green’s comments came in a letter to DOL, which has given businesses until Friday to respond to a proposal that would make most workers earning up to $970 a week eligible for overtime, up from the current $455 set in 2004. DOL is also exploring whether managers who make more – who can currently be declared exempt from overtime if they meet tests such as having supervision of other workers as their primary duty – should face additional restrictions in order to remain exempt.

Green called the $970 figure, intended to give overtime to the lowest-paid 40 percent of workers in all industries nationwide who now receive a fixed salary, “arbitrary.” He said DOL should use the formula it used in 2004, which based the $455 figure on the lowest 20 percent of workers in the south rather than nationwide and in retail rather than in all industries.

Green said one chain with 250 restaurants estimates that 85 percent of its managers have base salaries below the $970 threshold. Another chain expects it would have to reclassify 90 percent of its managers as hourly, he said. The number also fails to recognize regional difference in cost-of-living and pay, he said.

“Given the intense competition and low profit margins under which chain restaurants operate, the increased salary level proposed will have a particularly adverse impact on restaurant operations, and in some cases will threaten their business viability, especially in low-cost and rural locations,” Green said.

Green said NCCR strongly opposes any changes in the job duties tests, along with a provision of the proposal that would automatically increase the dollar threshold each year.

NCCR is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

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NRF to Labor Department: salary level recommended under a proposal to expand overtime is too high

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today told the Labor Department that the salary level recommended under a proposal to expand overtime is too high, and asked officials to use previous methodology that would result in a lower figure. NRF also said plans to automatically increase the number each year without review should be rejected, and that businesses should be given at least a year to comply once new regulations take effect.

“NRF strongly opposes the Department of Labor’s proposed changes,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Attempting to raise employee wages by fiat ignores economic reality and would end up having major negative consequences for employees, employers and the economy as a whole.”

“As hourly workers, many of the affected employees would receive reduced compensation and benefits and be diverted from career opportunities that are a path to middle-class success,” Shay said. “Not surprisingly, NRF’s research reveals that retail managers largely oppose DOL’s proposed changes.”

“Many employees view being classified as exempt as a badge of professional status,” Shay said. “Being reclassified would be seen by many as a step back in their careers and as a devaluation of their roles in the organization.”

Shay’s comments came in a letter sent to DOL ahead of Friday’s deadline for business groups to respond to the proposal.

Under DOL’s plan, most individuals making up to $970 a week would automatically receive overtime pay at time-and-a-half when working more than 40 hours a week, up from the current $455 set in 2004.

Shay said that amount – $50,440 a year – would cover two-thirds of salaried retail workers and would be “simply too high a level for the low-margin retail industry to bear without severe repercussions.”

The Labor Department chose $970 under a formula intended to give overtime to the lowest-paid 40 percent of all full-time workers nationwide who currently receive a fixed salary. But Shay said 40 percent “is completely arbitrary, lacks transparency and is completely lacking in foundation.” Instead, he said DOL should use the same methodology used in 2004, when the $455 level was based on the lowest-paid 20 percent of salaried workers in the south rather than nationwide and in the retail industry rather than all industries.

Shay said cost-of-living differences mean that setting the level at $970 would provide overtime to more than 45 percent of currently salaried workers in 10 states and more than 50 percent in eight more states – more than double the percentage who now receive overtime.

Shay asked DOL to reject a provision of the proposal that would automatically increase the salary level each year, saying past policy of updating it only when needed “has worked well and there is no need to break with this practice.”

Under federal law, managers and professionals who make more than the salary level can be declared exempt from overtime if they meet certain job duties tests such as having supervision of other workers as their primary duty. The current DOL proposal stops short of suggesting changes in the duties tests, but asks whether such changes should be made. Shay urged DOL not to do so, saying any changes would upset standards settled on since 2004 and “fuel unnecessary and costly litigation.”

A study conducted for NRF by research firm Oxford Economics found that fully implementing the overtime proposal could cost retailers and restaurants alone $8.4 billion a year in added wages. But the study said many employers would offset most of the cost by reducing hours or benefits or using more part-time workers. Nonetheless, employers would see an estimated $745 million in added administrative costs even if workers saw no increase in take-home pay.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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J. Craig Shearman

(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

RILA welcomed EPA’s proposals on waste management regulations related to retailers’ handling of unsold consumer products

Arlington, VA, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) welcomed two proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday that update waste management regulations related to the handling of unsold consumer products by retailers.

The EPA’s proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rules address compliance challenges for retailers stemming from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA applies to large scale manufacturing plants that generate more significant quantities of hazardous wastes, as well as to the very small percentage of unsold consumer products that may be recycled, reused or otherwise discarded from a retail store. Nearly all of these products are sold to consumers and are either consumed or disposed of without additional regulation.

Specifically the proposed rules:

Allow a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burdens of a higher generator status when generating large quantities of waste episodically, such as obsolete, outdated or seasonal product, provided the episodic waste is properly managed; and

Allow a conditionally exempt small quantity generator to send its hazardous waste to a “large quantity generator” under its control, provided certain conditions are met, thereby eliminating the disproportionate regulatory burdens of a higher generator status at store-level.

“RILA welcomes these long-awaited and commonsense proposals to ease the burden on retailers who want to implement good waste management practices,” said Sue Pifer, vice president of compliance at RILA. “This is an important step forward and we look forward to reviewing the proposal further and providing additional comments to the EPA.”

RILA led a coalition of retailers to explain the challenges of complying with RCRA and many of the issues raised by the coalition were addressed in the proposed rules. RILA’s comments to the EPA’s initial proposals were submitted in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

For more information on the proposed rules, visit here and here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Haggen filed lawsuit against Albertsons LLC and Albertsons Holdings LLC seeking more than $1 billion in damages

Complaint Alleges Albertsons Engaged in Coordinated and Systematic Efforts to Eliminate Competition in Violation of Federal Trade Commission Orders and Various Federal and State Laws

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, today announced that the company has filed a lawsuit against Albertsons LLC and Albertsons Holdings LLC (“Albertsons”) seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

The complaint, which was filed today in United States District Court for the District of Delaware, alleged that following Haggen’s December 2014 purchase of 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores, Albertsons engaged in “coordinated and systematic efforts to eliminate competition and Haggen as a viable competitor in over 130 local grocery markets in five states,” and “made false representations to both Haggen and the FTC about Albertsons’ commitment to a seamless transformation of the stores into viable competitors under the Haggen banner.”

Albertsons sought out Haggen in order to convince the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that Haggen would be a new competitor in local markets, which enabled Albertsons to gain the FTC’s approval of a merger between Albertsons and Safeway—a merger that created “one of the largest food retailers in the United States, with over 2,200 stores and $61 billion in combined sales,” according to the complaint. Despite the FTC’s orders and Albertsons’ agreement to abide by all conditions of the sale, the complaint alleges, Albertsons engaged in an illegal campaign against Haggen including “premeditated acts of unfair and anti-competitive conduct that were calculated to circumvent Albertsons obligations under federal antitrust laws, FTC orders, and contractual commitments to Haggen, all of which were intended to prevent and delay the successful entry of Haggen (or any other viable competitor) into local grocery markets that Albertsons now dominates.”

“During the transfer process, Albertsons launched its plan to gain market power and/or monopoly power, acting in a manner that was designed to (and did) hamstring Haggen’s ability to successfully operate the Stores after taking ownership,” according to the complaint.  As a result, despite Haggen’s plans to successfully operate and expand upon the acquired stores, Haggen was “forced to close 26 of the Stores that it newly acquired as a part of the Albertsons’ divestiture, and faces the potential closure of additional stores,” the complaint said. “Albertson’s anti-competitive actions critically damaged the operations, customer service, brand goodwill and profitability of the divested stores from the outset,” the complaint alleged, “[and] have caused significant harm to competition, local communities, employees and consumers,” throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona.  Instead of focusing on succeeding in the new markets, according to the complaint, “Haggen has had to focus on strategies to recover from Albertsons’ wrongful acts, which include, sadly, Haggen’s efforts to find new jobs for displaced employees who too are victims of Albertsons’ actions.”

In particular, Haggen alleged in its complaint that Albertsons, in violation of numerous laws, the FTC order and the purchase agreement, intentionally and deliberately undertook a number of “malicious and unfair actions” that “strained Haggen’s resources” and “created substantial distraction and diverted the attention of store-level and senior Haggen management” during the store conversion process, such as:

  • Using proprietary and confidential conversion scheduling information to plan and execute aggressive marketing campaigns intended to undermine Haggen grand openings;
  • Providing Haggen with false, misleading and incomplete retail pricing data, causing Haggen stores to unknowingly inflate prices;
  • Cutting off Haggen-acquired store advertising in order to decrease customer traffic;
  • Timing the remodeling and rebranding of its retained stores to impair Haggen’s entry into the relevant markets;
  • Diverting customers by illegally accessing Haggen’s confidential data to gain an unfair competitive advantage;
  • Deliberately understocking certain inventory at Haggen-acquired stores below levels consistent with the ordinary course of business just prior to conversion, resulting in out of stocks which negatively impacted the shopping experience upon Haggen grand openings;
  • Deliberately overstocking perishable inventory at Haggen-acquired stores beyond levels consistent with the ordinary course of business just prior to conversion such that Haggen had to throw away significant amounts of inventory it paid for;
  • Removing store fixtures and inventory from Haggen-acquired stores that Haggen paid for;
  • Diverting Haggen inventory to Albertsons stores; and
  • Failing to perform routine maintenance on stores and equipment.

“Albertson’s anti-competitive conduct caused significant damage to Haggen’s image, brand, and ability to build goodwill during its grand openings to the public,” according to the complaint. The complaint continued, “Albertson’s unlawful acts destroyed or substantially lessened the economic viability, marketability and competitiveness of the [Haggen] Stores, depriving consumers in each of the Relevant Markets the benefits of substantial competition from a new market entrant.”

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. In the first half of 2015, Haggen made an acquisition expanding from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on its core values as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com, and get social with Haggen Northwest Fresh at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and Haggen Southwest at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact

Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 908-4250

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to support emerging designers based in America

Timo Weiland is the first designer to collaborate with Banana Republic and CFDA on a limited-edition capsule for Spring 2016

New York, N.Y., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) are excited to announce a partnership dedicated to supporting emerging designers based in America who design and produce in their local cities.

With this partnership, Banana Republic and the CFDA are committed to supporting designers located in America and American manufacturing. The partnership will include two limited-edition collections sold exclusively at select Banana Republic flagship stores and online. The program will spotlight one New York-based designer, who will create a capsule collection for Spring 2016, which is designed, cut and sewn exclusively in New York. This is going to be followed by a collection from a Los Angeles-based designer, which will be designed and produced exclusively in Los Angeles.

“We are proud to partner with the CFDA and its network of emerging designers and manufacturers,” says Marissa Webb, Creative Director of Banana Republic. “This new program is a great opportunity to provide mentorship and resources to help creative talent grow their business while designing and producing locally.”

”Banana Republic is a quintessential American retailer, which makes them the perfect partner to support our mission to help promote designers here in America and domestic manufacturing,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.

For the first collaboration, Banana Republic will work with designer Timo Weiland, an alumnus of the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program, on a womenswear collection for Spring 2016. The capsule will include twelve styles in solids and in custom prints, including dresses, tops, skirts and a blazer cut and sewn in New York by Sunrise Studio, a CFDA Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) grant winner, and Sn Productions.

As part of Banana Republic’s partnership with the CFDA, FMI is receiving a monetary contribution that will be matched by the City’s financial commitment to the program. FMI, in affiliation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, aims to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City.

“Donna, Alan and I are honored to collaborate on the first CFDA x Banana Republic capsule collection for Spring 2016,” says Timo Weiland, founder of Timo Weiland. “Since launching the brand, we have designed, cut and sewn our core signature woven styles in New York with factory partners based in the Garment District. Building upon this Made-in-New York aspect has been an integral part of our business and our story as a brand.”

The collection will debut at Banana Republic’s Spring 2016 presentation during New York Fashion Week in September, and launch at retail in March 2016.

About Banana Republic (@BananaRepublic)
Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering versatile, contemporary style.  Through thoughtful design, Banana Republic provides a wardrobe of favorites to style and wear time and time again in new ways.  Banana Republic offers fragrances, clothing, eyewear, jewelry, shoes and handbags with detailed craftsmanship and luxurious materials.  Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

About the CFDA (@CFDA)
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar, and serves as the official keeper of New York Fashion Week. It stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda,twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.

About Timo Weiland (@TimoWeiland)
Co-founded in 2010 by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, Timo Weiland is a New York based Womens and Menswear brand. Built around the ethos of creating clothes to live in, the collections are inspired by the multifaceted lifestyles of the designers and those around them. Drawing from a shared love of music, travel and contemporary culture, Timo Weiland presents an updated take on classic American sensibilities. Known for eclectic combinations of fabrics and detailing, the collection places focus on quality and wearability, while injecting touches of the designers’ distinct brand of playfulness. Modern prep meets streetwear, with a touch of romance, the brand encompasses the adventurous spirit of New York city.

Gap: August 2015 net sales flat compared with last year

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that net sales for the four-week period ended August 29, 2015 decreased 3 percent to $1.20 billion compared with net sales of $1.23 billion for the four-week period ended August 30, 2014.

On a constant currency basis, August 2015 net sales were flat compared with last year. In calculating the net sales change on a constant currency basis, current year foreign exchange rates are applied to both current year and prior year net sales. This is done to enhance the visibility of underlying sales trends, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

“We’re pleased that Old Navy delivered another strong month of positive comps driven by a healthy back-to-school business, as we remain focused on improving product performance across our portfolio,” said Sabrina Simmons, chief financial officer, Gap Inc.

August Comparable Sales Results

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for August 2015 were down 2 percent versus a 2 percent decrease last year. Comparable sales by global brand for August 2015 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 8 percent versus negative 6 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: negative 11 percent versus negative 2 percent last year
  • Old Navy Global: positive 6 percent versus positive 2 percent last year

The company noted that this year’s Labor Day holiday is one week later, as compared to last year, offsetting the benefit from the shift of tax-free holidays in a number of states from July last year to August this year.

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on September 3, 2015 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on September 11, 2015.

September Sales

The company will report September sales on October 8, 2015.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2014 net sales were $16.4 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,300 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

L Brands reports 8 percent increase of its net sales for the four weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) reported net sales of $826.0 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $765.3 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 6 percent for the four weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015.

The company reported net sales of $6.103 billion for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015, an increase of 5 percent compared to net sales of $5.832 billion for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014.  Comparable store sales increased 4 percent for the 30 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015.

To hear further commentary provided on L Brands’ prerecorded August sales message, call 1-866-639-7583, or log onto www.LB.com for an audio replay.

ABOUT L BRANDS:
L Brands, through Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is an international company.  The company operates 2,976 company-owned specialty stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and its brands are sold in more than 650 additional noncompany-owned locations worldwide.  The company’s products are also available online at www.VictoriasSecret.com, www.BathandBodyWorks.com,www.HenriBendel.com and www.LaSenza.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

L Brands, Inc. cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this press release or the August sales call involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various factors, many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, our future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “planned,” “potential” and any similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Risks associated with the following factors, among others, in some cases have affected and in the future could affect our financial performance and actual results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this press release or the August sales call:

  • general economic conditions, consumer confidence, consumer spending patterns and market disruptions including severe weather conditions, natural disasters, health hazards, terrorist activities, financial crises, political crises or other major events, or the prospect of these events;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • the dependence on a high volume of mall traffic and the availability of suitable store locations on appropriate terms;
  • our ability to grow through new store openings and existing store remodels and expansions;
  • our ability to successfully expand into global markets and related risks;
  • our relationships with independent franchise, license and wholesale partners;
  • our direct channel businesses;
  • our failure to protect our reputation and our brand images;
  • our failure to protect our trade names, trademarks and patents;
  • the highly competitive nature of the retail industry generally and the segments in which we operate particularly;
  • consumer acceptance of our products and our ability to keep up with fashion trends, develop new merchandise and launch new product lines successfully;
  • our ability to source, distribute and sell goods and materials on a global basis, including risks related to:
    • political instability;
    • duties, taxes and other charges;
    • legal and regulatory matters;
    • volatility in currency exchange rates;
    • local business practices and political issues;
    • potential delays or disruptions in shipping and transportation and related pricing impacts;
    • disruption due to labor disputes; and
    • changing expectations regarding product safety due to new legislation;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • stock price volatility;
  • our failure to maintain our credit rating;
  • our ability to service or refinance our debt;
  • our ability to retain key personnel;
  • our ability to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and manage labor-related costs;
  • the inability of our manufacturers to deliver products in a timely manner and meet quality standards;
  • fluctuations in product input costs;
  • fluctuations in energy costs;
  • increases in the costs of mailing, paper and printing;
  • claims arising from our self-insurance;
  • our ability to implement and maintain information technology systems and to protect associated data;
  • our failure to maintain the security of customer, associate, supplier or company information;
  • our failure to comply with regulatory requirements;
  • tax matters; and
  • legal and compliance matters.

We are not under any obligation and do not intend to make publicly available any update or other revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or the August sales call to reflect circumstances existing after the date of this press release or the August sales call or to reflect the occurrence of future events even if experience or future events make it clear that any expected results expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements will not be realized. Additional information regarding these and other factors can be found in “Item 1A. Risk Factors’ in our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

SOURCE L Brands, Inc.

L Brands: Investor Relations: Amie Preston, (614) 415-6704, apreston@lb.com; or Media Relations, Tammy Roberts Myers, (614) 415-7072, communications@lb.com

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ShopRite brings its own line of super premium Italian gelato and sorbet to stores

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite, which already has a wide selection of frozen fruit, vegetables, organic, gluten and natural items in the Frozen Aisle, brings its own line of super premium Italian gelato and sorbet to stores.

Consumers can’t seem to get enough of ShopRite’s new pint-size Imported Gelato & Sorbet, which hit store shelves in July.

“Our ShopRite Imported Gelato & Sorbet products are off to a fast start. With our first promotion, it’s already flying off the shelves,” said Dave Edwards, a procurement manager for ShopRite and Wakefern Food Corp.

From pistachio and caramel sea salt, to double chocolate and eggnog, the 12 flavors of Italian-imported gelato and two flavors of sorbet (limoncello and mixed berry) are resonating with ShopRite consumers at a time when demand for full flavored frozen treats and premium ice cream is at an all time high.

A recent International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) survey revealed that nearly 80 percent of ice cream manufacturers cited premium as their most popular category.

“We brought this product to market because we saw the trend in the category, particularly in super premium ice cream and gelato,”  said Edwards. “Our gelato is sourced and produced in Italy, where the product originated in the 1600s, and it’s authentic and artisan-crafted.”

“Our ShopRite Imported Gelato & Sorbet gelato is also on point with consumer trends toward flavor profiles and products with more of an authentic and international flair,” he added.

Gelato is also generally lower in calories, fat and sugar than other types of premium ice cream.

Change has been heating up the Frozen category over the last few years, with consumers looking for more natural products and full-body taste in Frozen items.

While ShopRite continues to grow its wide selection of popular Frozen categories such as fruit, vegetables, organic, gluten-free and natural items, innovations in flash freezing and other preparation methods for frozen foods are also helping reshape the Frozen category. Many of the frozen vegetables and fruits ShopRite sells are frozen within a few hours of being picked in the field.

“There are a lot of delicious and nutritious, good-for-you items in Frozen and you can really build a good, healthy and convenient meal walking down the Frozen aisle,” Edwards said.

CONTACT

Santina Stankevich
Phone: 732-906-5932

Elisabeth Loeb
Phone: 732-906-5156

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ShopRite brings its own line of super premium Italian gelato and sorbet to stores

ShopRite brings its own line of super premium Italian gelato and sorbet to stores

ShopRite and The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation bring families back to the dinner table – one healthy meal at a time

Keasbey, New Jersey, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite is joining forces with The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation to bring families back to the dinner table — one healthy meal at a time.

FMI Foundation’s National Family Meals Month in September is a month-long campaign that encourages consumers to turn to their local supermarket for help in preparing at least one more family meal per week at home.

And ShopRite stores and our large corps of retail dietitians are taking up that theme – raising their own (oven) Mitts to Commit to One More Family Meal Per Week.

“With 112 retail dietitians serving our stores, ShopRite is well positioned to help families commit to sitting down at home for one more family meal each week. And our store dietitians are experts who can help make family meal planning easy, healthy and meaningful all year long,” said Melanie Dwornik, ShopRite Dietitian and Culinary Nutrition Supervisor.

And sharing meals together does have real benefits. Studies show that regular family meals contribute to the health of the entire family and are linked in children to higher grades in school, healthier eating habits and weights and less risky behavior.

Look to our ShopRite stores to host a series of events and initiatives during September and all year long. Programs will include cooking classes for adults and children, in-store food demos, healthy Family Meals recipes and meal solutions in our ShopRite Kitchen prepared food section.

And make sure to check out ShopRite’s Facebook page as we feature our associates, customers and retail dietitians raising their oven Mitts to Commit to Family Meals during September!

“Our trained ShopRite dietitians already help associates and customers make informed decisions about how to choose the right foods to meet their wellness goals. They are a great resource and the Family Meals Campaign is just another way to tap that resource to help families,” added Ms. Dwornik.

“We rely on partners like ShopRite to help make our Family Meals campaign a success. Our members are doing more than ever to inspire and support home cooking, from quick dinner solutions, cooking classes and nutrition advice, to shortcuts like pre-prepped ingredients and freshly prepared entrees,” noted Cathy Polley, FMI Foundation’s executive director and FMI vice president of health and wellness.

Cooked in our ShopRite stores, our prepared foods and ShopRite Kitchen brand meals make it easy for consumers to eat dinner with their family at home while eliminating the time it takes to make a home-cooked meal.

“Our customers can take home London broil, a ShopRite Kitchen Rotisserie chicken or salmon that’s already cooked,” said Joe Gozzi, director of ShopRite Kitchen. “People can come into our stores and put a hot meal together for their families.  ShopRite Kitchen is all about making it easier for families to have fresh cooked meals made from clean ingredients.”

CONTACT

Santina Stankevich
Phone: 732-906-5932

Elisabeth Loeb
Phone: 732-906-5156

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ShopRite and The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation bring families back to the dinner table - one healthy meal at a time

ShopRite and The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation bring families back to the dinner table – one healthy meal at a time

X5 Retail Group’s Pyaterochka and Railway Trading Company to open near 300 stores in Russia by the end of 2019

MOSCOW, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between Pyaterochka, the Company’s proximity store chain, and Railway Trading Company (“RTC”). The joint project of launching of RTC-Pyaterochkabranded retail chain is intended to open near 300 stores in Russia.

Olga Naumova and Konstantin Danilov, the CEOs of Pyaterochka and Railway Trading Company, signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Fifth International Fair of Railway Equipment and Technologies EXPO 1520. Railway Trading Company plans to open five RTC-Pyaterochka stores by late 2015, and near 300 stores across Russia by the end of 2019. Implementation of this project is expected to create over 5,000 jobs.

The project is based on the reverse franchising model developed by X5. Under this model, Pyaterochka will be involved in the store launch and opening, as well as in comprehensive operational support, including repair and maintenance, equipment, IT solutions, staff training, logistics, advertising, marketing, etc. Railway Trading Company will be responsible for day-to-day management of the stores.

The average selling space of new stores will be 350 sq m, with a product mix that includes approximately 4,000 items.

Cooperation with Railway Trading Company is in line with Pyaterochka’s development strategy, which aims to achieve significant expansion of proprietary stores, while also allowing for cobranding projects with major geographically-diversified companies.

The partnership will also benefit Railway Trading Company by helping to improve service level for current and formers employees of Russian Railways, their family members, as well as passengers of the global railway leader.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 June 2015, X5 had 5,971 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,273 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 438 Perekrestok supermarkets, 83 Karusel hypermarkets and 177 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 1,364 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

For further details please contact

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Anastasiya Kvon
IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 792-3511
e-mail: Anastasiya.Kvon@x5.ru

Rite Aid: same store sales in August increased 1.6 percent YoY

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) today announced sales results for August.

Monthly Sales
For the five weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015, same store sales increased 1.6 percent over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 0.6 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 222 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 2.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores decreased 0.3 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 1.6 percent to $2.546 billion compared to $2.507 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.6 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.9 percent of pharmacy sales.

Quarterly Sales
Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.1 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.3 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 2.8 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.2 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 13 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 1.9 percent with sales of $6.602 billion compared to $6.477 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.3 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Year-to-Date
Same store sales for the 26-week period ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.5 percent over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 0.5 percent while pharmacy same store sales increased 3.4 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 0.9 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the 26 weeks ended Aug. 29, 2015 increased 2.3 percent with sales of $13.205 billion compared to $12.902 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 69.2 percent of total drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.8 percent of pharmacy sales.

Rite Aid is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains. On Aug. 29, 2015, the company operated 4,561 stores compared to 4,572 stores in the like period a year ago. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com. Note that all sales data in this release is preliminary, unaudited and subject to revision.

Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which you are encouraged to read. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Rite Aid expressly disclaims any current intention to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Susan Henderson 717-730-7766

Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City Based Grocer Participates in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is improving their emergency preparedness procedures in its pharmacies. The Salt Lake City based grocer partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to participate in a pandemic flu exercise on August 30. Results from the exercise will be used to create national plans including pharmacies as strategic health care providers in administering influenza vaccines in the event of a pandemic.

Associated Food Stores was one of two pharmacies in the U.S. who participated in the 2015 Scripted Surge Pandemic Influenza Pharmacy Exercise. The exercise was designed to assess how a pharmacy would handle an increase in patients seeking pandemic influenza vaccines and routine health and prescription drug services during a pandemic emergency, with the objective of increasing points of access beyond health departments and hospitals during a real emergency. More than 60 people from Associated Food Stores, the CDC, NACCHO, Salt Lake County and Utah Health Departments and other local agencies participated in the exercise at the West Jordan Macey’s.

As part of the exercise, Associated Food Stores created an emergency preparedness plan that determined waiting areas, staffing and workflows. The plans and procedures developed for the exercise will be implemented in each of Associated Food Stores corporately owned pharmacies and shared with their member stores to prepare them to better serve their guests and communities in the event of a real emergency.

“Participating in the pandemic flu pharmacy exercise with the CDC and NACCHO has helped prepare us for future emergencies. We were able to identify potential areas in pharmacy workflows that could be improved to support the surge in patients we could see during a flu emergency,” said Denise Kunkel, Member Pharmacy Operations Manager at Associated Food Stores. “We were able to create action plans to ensure we continue to provide the care our communities have come to know and expect from our pharmacies.”

Final results from the exercise will not be available for several months, but Associated Food Stores will continue to work closely with the CDC, NACCHO and the Salt Lake County and Utah health departments to develop new plans and policies for their pharmacies.

Photos from the event for media use can be found below.

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Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Taubman Centers announced regular quarterly dividend of $0.565 per share of common stock

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.565 per share of common stock. The common dividend is payable September 30, 2015, to shareholders of record on September 15, 2015.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable September 30, 2015, to shareholders of record on September 15, 2015.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 22 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Taubman, with more than 60 years of experience in the shopping center industry, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Taubman Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties.You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

Ryan Hurren, Taubman, Director, Investor Relations, 248-258-7232, rhurren@taubman.com

or

Maria Mainville, Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications, 248-258-7469, mmainville@taubman.com

PIXI by Petra launches its skin perfector Glow Tonic for the first time in the US exclusively at Target

Minneapolis, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — From its famous London boutique to the makeup artist who created it, PIXI by Petra has a loyal following that swears by its glow-getting products. Makeup artist Petra Strand created the line of natural, skin-illuminating, eye-opening and pout-perfecting products to allow women to attain a fresh and youthful look. This fall, PIXI by Petra launches its fan-favorite skin perfector, Glow Tonic, for the first time in the U.S., exclusively at Target. The full fall collection will be available in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com beginning Aug. 23, 2015.

Glow Tonic ($15)
This gentle exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid accelerates cell renewal for smoother, brighter and clearer looking skin. The formula is packed with aloe vera, ginseng and botanical extracts to nourish skin and reveal a healthy glow. Glow Tonic is alcohol-free and gentle on all skin types.

Cat Eye Ink in Intense Black ($14)
This innovative eyeliner with a custom slanted felt tip makes cat eye perfection foolproof. The highly pigmented, water-resistant formula creates a fade-resistant finish that stays put for a full 12 hours of solid colour wear.

Colour Correcting Powder Foundation in Cream, Nude and Warm ($20 each)  
This perfecting powder foundation is the solution for when a natural finish is desired, but extra coverage is needed. The hydrating treatment formula nourishes the skin and has a weightless feel that never looks cakey or heavy. The Colour Correcting Powder Foundation is infused with peptides, a multi-vitamin complex, aloe vera, super fruits and coffee extracts that treat skin.

Endless Brow Gel Pen in Light, Medium and Deep ($11 each)
Get perfectly polished brows with these hybrid-formula pens. The unique gel texture makes it easy to fill in sparse areas, define and tame unruly brows. The waterproof formula glides on effortlessly and stays on endlessly, providing a naturally enhanced brow look.

Mattelustre Lipstick ($12 each)  
Mattelustre is the latest in rich matte lipstick. This multi-tasking, long-wearing formula conditions, plumps and protects lips while providing intense colour. Formulated with peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, all 11 shades create fuller, smoother looking lips. Available in Bitten Rose, Classic Red, Coral Red, Honey Bare, Peach Blossom, Petal Pink, Plum Berry, Plump Pink, Pure Fuchsia, Raspberry Blush and Rose Naturelle.

Natural Contour Powder ($20)
This super-silky powder effortlessly contours the face, sculpting and shaping features to perfection. Sweep the matte, super-natural shade underneath cheekbones, under the jawline, down the sides of the nose and into the crease of the eye to create the most natural effect. The formula is packed with peptides, a multi-vitamin complex, plus aloe vera, super fruit and coffee extracts to further enhance and nourish the complexion.

Endless Silky Eye Pen: New Shade – SlateGrey ($12)
The award-winning, hard-working liner gives a super-longwear, no-smudge, no-budge line that glides on effortlessly. The preservative-free and hypoallergenic formula is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes, and the intensely pigmented pencil is now available in chic and universally flattering deep grey.

Mesmerizing Mineral Palette: New Shades – Aquamarine Dream, Mineral Contour, Amethyst Aura and Opal Glow ($12 each)
The Mesmerizing Mineral Palette boasts a super smooth mineral eye shadow formula that reflects light away from imperfections, while tonal shades enhance eyes’ natural beauty. Six silky color-coordinated shades can be used together or on their own with the included dual-ended applicator, which works as a wand for fast and fuss-free application.

media contact

Lindsay Karn
p: (212) 242-9353