Apranga Group announces unaudited year 2016 retail turnover

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The unaudited year 2016 retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group reached EUR 214.2 million, and has increased by 7.7% comparing to 2015.

In 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Lithuania was EUR 126.8 million, and increased by 4.9% year-on-year. In 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Latvia reached EUR 51.1 million, and increased by 5.4% year-on-year, in Estonia has made EUR 36.3 million, and increased by 22.7% year-on-year.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group totalled EUR 60.4 million in 4th quarter 2016 or by 5.9% more than in 2015. During the 4th quarter 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Lithuania increased by 4.3% year-on-year, in Latvia increased by 1.7% and in Estonia by 20.2%.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group amounted to EUR 20.4 million in December 2016, and has increased by 8.4% in comparison to December 2015.

During the year 2016 Apranga Group opened 17 stores, reconstructed 4 and closed 3 stores. Currently Apranga Group operates the chain of 183 stores covering an area of 83.6 thousand sq. m. Stores area increased by 6.6% during the year.

Apranga Group plans to reach EUR 230 million turnover (including VAT) in 2017, or by 7.4% more, than actual the year 2016 turnover.

Shares of Apranga are listed on Baltic equity list on Nasdaq Vilnius Stock Exchange. Majority shareholder of Apranga Group is concern MG Baltic.

Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
+370 5 2390801

CONTACT FOR INVESTORS:
Saulius Bačauskas
APB Apranga Finance and Economics Director
Tel. +370 5 2390 808, +370 5 2390 843
Fax. +370 5 2390 800
E-mail: s.bacauskas@apranga.lt

Source:  Apranga Group/globenewswire

Office Depot announces completion of the sale of its European business to The AURELIUS Group

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today (January 2, 2017) announced the completion of the sale of its European business to The AURELIUS Group. This transaction is part of the company’s recently announced international divestiture strategy to focus on opportunities in its North American business.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

As of our most recent filed annual report for fiscal year ended 2015, the Company had annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employed approximately 49,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The Company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP”.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements or disclosures may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future trends, plans, events, results of operations or financial condition, or state other information relating to, among other things, Office Depot, based on current beliefs and assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Forward-looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “propose” or other similar words, phrases or expressions, or other variations of such words. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of Office Depot’s control. There can be no assurances that Office Depot will realize these expectations or that these beliefs will prove correct, and therefore investors and stockholders should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other things, risks related to the termination of the Staples acquisition, disruption in key business activities or any impact on Office Depot’s relationships with third parties as a result of the announcement of the termination of the Staples Merger Agreement; unanticipated changes in the markets for Office Depot’s business segments; the inability to realize expected benefits from the disposition of the European operations; fluctuations in currency exchange rates, unanticipated downturns in business relationships with customers; competitive pressures on Office Depot’s sales and pricing; increases in the cost of material, energy and other production costs, or unexpected costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the introduction of competing technology products and services; unexpected technical or marketing difficulties; unexpected claims, charges, litigation, dispute resolutions or settlement expenses; new laws and governmental regulations. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Investors and stockholders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in Office Depot’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K, as amended, and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the Form 8-K filed today with respect to the proposed transaction. Office Depot does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Contact:
Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Investor Relations
Richard.Leland@officedepot.com

Karen Denning
630-438-7445
Media Relations
Karen.Denning@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

MIGROS LANCIERT DIE GESUNDHEITSINITIATIVE IMPULS

MIGROS LANCIERT DIE GESUNDHEITSINITIATIVE IMPULS

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ab dem 1. Januar 2017 baut die Migros ihre Leistungen im Bereich Gesundheit weiter aus und startet eine digitale Plattform mit redaktionellen Beiträgen und Tipps. Die Migros will damit die Schweizer Bevölkerung unterstützen, einen gesunden Lebensstil zu pflegen. Die gesundheitsrelevanten Angebote und Leistungen werden neu unter der Marke „iMpuls“ gebündelt.

Der Satz „Heute ist ein guter Tag, um ….“ wird die Migros und ihre Kundinnen und Kunden  in den nächsten Jahren begleiten. Ab Neujahr gibt die Migros zahlreiche Gesundheitsimpulse, die sich gut in den Alltag integrieren lassen. Gesund leben ist ein zentrales Thema für viele Menschen in der Schweiz. Die Migros will mit ihrem Netzwerk und Know-how viele Personen dabei unterstützen, ihre individuellen Ziele zu erreichen.

Auf der neuen digitalen Plattform der Migros finden alle interessierten Personen Beiträge zu Bewegung, Ernährung und Entspannung. Auch informieren Experten wie Ärzte oder Physiotherapeuten über medizinische Themen, mit besonderem Augenmerk auf die Prävention. In den nächsten Monaten wird die Migros ihre Plattform kontinuierlich ausbauen und verschiedene interaktive Features aufschalten.

Selbstverständlich wird die Gesundheit auch offline eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Zum Beispiel finden alle, die sportliche Neujahrsvorsätze verwirklichen wollen, zwischen dem 3. und 23. Januar in grösseren Supermärkten Artikel wie Tracker, Hanteln oder  Fitnessmatten zu attraktiven Preisen. Am 28. Januar lädt die Klubschule Migros zum Fitnesstag „Die Klubschule bewegt die Schweiz“ ein. An 27 Klubschul-Standorten kann man etwas Neues ausprobieren und gratis Kurse wie  Zumba, M.A.X. oder Bodytoning testen. Die Migros-Fitnessanlagen bieten an verschiedenen Standorten ein Weight-Management- Programm für Menschen an, die ihr Gewicht reduzieren oder halten wollen.

Die Gesundheitsinitiative Impuls vernetzt auch bestehende Angebote miteinander und macht sie sichtbarer. Die Migros ist bereits seit 40 Jahren im Gesundheitssegment aktiv und betreibt aktuell 92 Fitness-, Wellness- und Aquaparks in der Schweiz. Beim Fachmarkt SportXX kann man sich für verschiedene Sportarten ausrüsten und im Supermarkt finden die Kunden passende Produkte für eine ausgewogene Ernährung, auch bei einer Nahrungsmittelintoleranz oder Allergie. Die Migros-Tochter Medbase ist aktiv in den Bereichen Prävention, Akutmedizin und Rehabilitation. Aktuell verfügt sie über das grösste Netzwerk an ambulanter medizinischer Grundversorgung in der Schweiz.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie mit diesem Link:

www.migros-impuls.ch

Contact:
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Name: Martina Bosshard
Abteilung: Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Position: Mediensprecherin Migros
TEL: 044 277 20 67
E-MAIL: martina.bosshard@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Taco Bell announces its New Year’s commitments to its food, people and restaurants

ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REMOVE XL CUPS, EXTEND ITS CAGE-FREE EGG COMMITMENT, REDUCE SODIUM, EXPAND THE LIVE MÁS SCHOLARSHIP AND MAKE MORE SUSTAINABLE CHOICES

Irvine, Calif., 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of New Year’s, millions of resolutions will be made. Instead of setting unrealistic resolutions that start out with the best of intentions and fizzle out by February, Taco Bell is making New Year’s commitments to its food, people and restaurants – and will keep them long past February.

Taco Bell is welcoming the next 365 days with commitments that reflect more of what its fans want, less of what they don’t and build on its momentum of being a modern brand that’s current, creative and has a cause.

See what New Year’s commitments Taco Bell will be sticking to in 2017. And, as a bonus, they may just help you stick to yours.
• Getting rid of things that customers told us don’t make sense anymore:

o Taco Bell is saying goodbye to its XL soda cups in 2017.
o By early 2017, the brand will remove all antibiotics important to human medicine from its chicken across U.S. restaurants.
o Where possible, Taco Bell is removing preservatives and other additives from its food by 2018 across its U.S. restaurants.

• Giving fans more of what they want:
o Taco Bell reached its goal to serve only 100% cage-free whole eggs on its breakfast menu. Now, the brand is expanding its commitment to serve 100% cage-free egg ingredients across the core menu. That means the eggs used to create its avocado ranch sauce, creamy jalapeno sauce, habanero sauce and creamy chipotle sauce will be made with cage-free egg ingredients come January 1, 2018.

• Cutting back on the salt:
o Taco Bell reduced sodium by 15% on average across its menu since 2008, but isn’t stopping there. By 2025, Taco Bell will grow that number by an additional 10%, for a 25% reduction across its menu, while still delivering the same bold flavors fans love.

• Giving employees and customers the opportunities they need to turn their dreams into goals:
o The Live Más Scholarship will be bigger, better and bolder in 2017 with the help of the 2016 recipients and $1.3 million to support the next wave of creators, innovators and dreamers.
o Taco Bell is also committing to creating 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2022, and continuing to support all its team members with education and training programs, whether they start with the company, or stay with Taco Bell.
o Because youth are the heart and soul of the brand, Taco Bell is committing to hire 1.5 million young adults over the next 10 years.

• Being good neighbors in all its communities:
o In 2017, through its new restaurant concepts, Taco Bell will better reflect the local communities by reducing energy consumption and featuring more reclaimed materials and sustainable landscape features. The company will also update its packaging to celebrate its craveable food, while remaining environmentally conscious. Up next: The Fiesta Taco Salad is moving from plastic to a paper box.

But, some things are best left untouched. Taco Bell doesn’t think choosing food you feel good about should come at the cost of breaking the bank – so fans can expect the $1 All Day Menu and $5 Box to continue. And, because moderation is key – and more realistic – those uniquely Taco Bell, craveable, cheesy, often-indulgent items are here to stay.

With these 2017 commitments come another year full of open and honest communication with customers and fans. Taco Bell has made it policies and positions available on Ta.co for full transparency on where the brand stands on various topics. And this year, for the first time, Taco Bell is developing a Purpose Report to give you a closer look at the causes that matter to the brand.

If reflecting on the previous year before ringing in the new is your thing – check out ta.co here for a look at what Taco Bell brought you in 2016.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

Like: Facebook.com/tacobell
Follow: @TacoBell (Twitter) and tacobell (Instagram)
Subscribe: YouTube.com/tacobell

MEDIA RELATIONS:

Public relations inquiries:
Tel: 949-863-3915
e-mail: media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell Corp.

Seven artists offer their own takes on the iconic Lady Dior Bag

Seven artists offer their own takes on the iconic Lady Dior Bag

 

Paris, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven artists propose seven unique visions of the iconic Lady Dior Bag. Following Marc Quinn in June, Dior invited six more artists to offer their own takes on this timeless piece, transposing their creative universes to the language of leather craftsmanship.

Created in 1995, the Lady Dior bag has become an icon with its architectural design, metallic charms that spell out the name Dior and cannage motif inspired by Napoleon III chairs. In November, Maison Dior invited seven artists to share their personal vision of the celebrated bag.

Marc Quinn, Jason Martin, Ian Davenport, Mat Collishaw, Matthew Porter, Chris Martin and Daniel Gordon were given carte blanche to reinterpret the iconic Lady Dior bag. Their creations were unveiled at the Dior Miami boutique during Art Basel, followed by Los Angeles ahead of South Korea, China, London, Dubai and Paris.

Matthew Porter drew inspiration from the world of automobiles and the art of camouflage to create a graphic black and white motif, while Ian Davenport reproduced a series of vertical stripes from his series of paintings entitled Colorfall. An artist whose work explores depth, form and color, Chris Martin took inspiration from his work Paleocene Sunset, which is inset with historical figures like hidden scenes waiting to be discovered.

Dior has pushed the limits of its savoir-faire with this collaboration to execute the artists’ visions and their association of multiple materials, colors and motifs.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Whole Foods Market to open its newest store in Pittsburgh metro on Jan. 25; serving South Hills communities

Retailer opens first location in southern Pittsburgh with 40,000-square-foot store

PITTSBURGH, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open its newest location in the Pittsburgh metro on Wed., Jan. 25, at 111 Siena Dr., in Upper St. Clair. Serving the many communities that make up the South Hills, this store will be the go-to destination for shoppers seeking the highest quality natural and organic products available including fresh produce, meat, seafood, prepared foods and grocery items.

“We’re thrilled to serve more customers in Pittsburgh,” said Casey Dill, Store Team Leader who most recently ran the Wexford location and has been with Whole Foods Market since 1990. “Food is such an important part of our lives – whether it’s coming together at the end of the day, snacking during a game-day get together, or celebrating a special occasion. We’re going to be here to help with inspiration, expertise and the highest quality options.”

Every product in a Whole Foods Market store meets rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. Frequent shoppers and new customers alike are invited to preview the store on Sunday, Jan. 22, when guided tours will offer opportunities to learn more about the Whole Foods Market mission and sample products. Reservations are required and space is limited. Sign up online here. There are also 40 open team member positions that are currently being filled. More information can be found here.

The community is also invited to join store and company leaders for a traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 25 to celebrate the grand opening. Further details about the store will be shared in mid-January.

Press Contacts:

MAPR@wholefoods.com
Annie Cull
301.998.6872

Source: Whole Foods Market

GiftaLove.com: A Reliable Online Gift Store to Send Valentine Gifts Online!

Delhi, India, 2017-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Valentine’s Day is heading fast for the lovers to celebrate the awesome feeling of being in love. It is off course the most awaited and romantic day for the lovers to celebrate with their beloved. Couples in love find Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to revive their bond of love. Thus, greeting cards, flowers, heart shape cushions, balloons, cakes, soft toys, chocolates and many such gifting options are high on demand among the lovers during the approaching time of Valentine’s Day. Valentine gift is the most important thing shared between lovers to confess their heartiest feelings in an impressive way.

GiftaLove has thus introduced its latest range of Valentine’s Day Gifts 2017 for the people of India to find awesome and romantic token of love for their respective beloved. The range is full of amazing and impressive Valentine gifting stuffs to make choice for gifting him/her on the special day. Most importantly it is offering the ease to send Valentine Gifts to India for the lovers who are in a long distance relationship.

In a discussion about the facility to send Valentine Gifts online, the official representative of the portal commented, “Gifting is undoubtedly the best part of the Valentine’s Day celebration. A Valentine Gifts in fact helps a lover to express his hearty feelings, to confess his/her feelings to someone desiring, to make the special one feel special being in love and does lot more. Thus at GiftaLove, we consider all these facts and come up with Valentine Gifts that are thoughtful, heart winning and impressive. However, our services for Valentine Gifts delivery in India and abroad helps lovers across India and worldwide to send their token of love to their beloved residing far away.”

On the portal, there are plenty of attractive online Valentine Gifts catalogues that are inclusive of thousands of attractive Valentine gift selections like Ravishing Red Roses, Delights Only For You, Passionate Red Blooms with Greeting Card, 30 Romantic Blooms with Chocó Treats, Candles of Joy, Affectionate Combo, Express It with Flower Hamper, Hamper Full of Surprises, The Million Love, Heart Shape Flowers, View All, Heart for You, Romantic Red Heart, Heart Shape Roses for You, My Heart for You, Rosy Chocolaty Gift, Golden Love Combo, Sweet & Rosy Surprise, Hugging Pair, Kissing Couple on Boat, An Affectionate Gift Hamper, Essence of Love and many more.

Further in a discussion, the official spokesperson of the portal stated, “At GiftaLove, we focus on offering best gift selections online to the customers. Therefore, our gifting experts keep in tune to the latest gifting trends and keep on updating the ranges of gifts, flowers as well as cakes with most trending and heart winning options. In addition to all this our prompt delivery services across the globe, offer quick gifts delivery in India and across the globe.”

For the upcoming New Year 2017 celebration, the portal is now offering wide range of New Year Gifts which has to offer amazing gift option like Adorable New Year Hamper, Cherishing New Year Hamper, Mighty New Year Hamper, New Year Celebration, Yellow Festive Blooms, Inspirational New Year Hamper, New Year Golden set, Blissful New Year Hamper, Tree Of Life, Peace Divine New Year Hamper, Eminent New Year Hamper, New Year Card with Cad bury Celebration, Flower Hamper N Greeting Card, Relishing New Year Hamper, Romantic New Year Surprise, New Year Surprise, Sweet Mix Roses and much more.

About the Company:
GiftaLove is one-stop destination for everyone in search for impressive, unique and heartwarming gifts online. The portal offers gifts, yummy cakes and beautiful flowers for celebrations and occasions across the year. Now for upcoming Valentine’s Day, it is offering the facility of Valentine Gifts to India. People can also search for fabulous New Year and Christmas Gifts available online at the portal for online shopping at never before prices.

Contact-Details:
MR. Bharat
Marketing Head / PR
Primo Gifts Pvt. Ltd.
(91) 8882001155
support@giftalove.com
Website:- http://www.giftalove.com/