NRF marks Imports Work Week with “Rethinking Made in America in the 21st Century” report

Report Say Imports are More ‘Made in America’ Than Label Reveals

WASHINGTON, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imported products sold in the United States from clothing to cars contain far more U.S. parts or other content and value and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation.

“This report looks at retailers’ worldwide sourcing of merchandise not just as a global supply chain but as a global value chain,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “It shows the value added at each step along the way, not just in manufacturing but from the initial concept to the finished product. Even in a product that says ‘Made in China,’ much of what goes into that product is ‘Made in America.’ That means millions of American jobs for American workers regardless of what the label might say.”

“Rethinking Made in America in the 21st Century” was prepared for NRF by Laura M. Baughman, a well-known Washington economist specializing in international trade and president of The Trade Partnership. The report was released today as part of activities to mark Imports Work Week.

“In a world of global supply chains, does ‘Made in America’ really mean what people think?” Shay and Baughman ask in the introduction to the report. “Unbeknownst to consumers, imported goods with foreign labels often include significant but unrevealed amounts of U.S. content.”

According to the study, apparel products contain more than 70 percent U.S. value on average, some foreign-brand automobiles contain as much as 95 percent U.S. content while no U.S. car has more than 75 percent U.S. content, and the popular Apple iPod contains $162 in American content compared with $4 in Chinese content even though it is labeled “Made in China.”

Of $1.85 trillion in products imported in 2009, $464 billion of the value was American and 10 million U.S. jobs, or 11.2 percent of U.S. employment, were sustained by global supply chains in 2008, the report said.

Product origin labels are misleading because federal law allows a product to be labeled “Made in America” or “Made in USA” only if American manufacturing workers made the product and “all or virtually all” of the value of significant parts and processing that go into the product were made or done in the United States, according to the report. The determination looks only at direct manufacturing costs such as materials, labor and overhead. Non-manufacturing costs such as research and development, product design, marketing and other services are not considered even if all of those activities took place in the United States and were performed by U.S. workers.

The report calls on policymakers to adopt trade policies that recognize the importance of U.S. jobs tied to imported products. It recommends that both U.S. and foreign tariffs be eliminated and that non-tariff barriers such as regulations that treat imported products differently also be removed. Trade facilitation measures affecting issues ranging from customs processing to transportation infrastructure are needed, and trade agreements should “recognize 21st Century global value chains.” The report specifically calls for passage of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, which would “support U.S. participation in global value chains and ensure that trade agreements reflect the increasingly interrelated and multi-sector nature of trade and investment activity.”

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 $2.5 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. www.nrf.com.

J. Craig Shearman or Bethany Aronhalt (855) NRF-PRESS
Press@nrf.com
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IKEA Group to nominate Lars-Johan Jarnheimer as new chairman of the board from January 2015

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer will be nominated as new chairman of the INGKA Holding B.V Supervisory Board, the board of the IKEA Group, from January 2015.

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — He will succeed Göran Grosskopf who will take on the role as chairman of the owner foundation Stichting INGKA Foundation and its two related foundations Stichting IKEA Foundation (charity) and Stichting IMAS Foundation (management of financial assets).“I am very happy that Lars-Johan is prepared to take on this assignment, says Göran Grosskopf. With his in-depth knowledge of the company and extensive experience from other parts of the business sector he is the right man to lead the board’s work into the future.”

“IKEA is a fantastic company, which I have been fortunate to work with in different roles for many years, says Lars-Johan Jarnheimer. I very much appreciate the combination of entrepreneurial spirit and long-term focus. I look forward to the possibility to further contribute to the growth and success of the group together with all IKEA co-workers.”

Lars-Johan Jarnheimer was previously CEO at Tele2 and is currently a member of the Supervisory Board. Ingvar Kamprad remains senior advisor to the Supervisory Board.

For further information, please contact:
Media relations IKEA Group, +46 723 527 220, ylva.magnusson@ikea.com

About the IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 309 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. The IKEA Group employs 135,000 co-workers and the stores had 684 million visitors during FY13.

AHOLD repurchased 1,960,000 AHOLD COMMON SHARES for € 26.99 million between April 28 and May 2, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 1,960,000 Ahold common shares in the period from April 28, 2014 up to and including May 2, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.7705 per share for a total consideration of € 26.99 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 97,925,308 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,256.32 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

Retail Industry Leaders Association to highlight essential role of imports in American economy during “Imports Work” week, May 5-9, 2014

Arlington , VA, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) will highlight the essential role that imports play in the American economy during the third annual “Imports Work” week, scheduled from May 5-9, 2014. May has long been recognized as World Trade Month, with many groups taking the opportunity to underscore the role international trade plays in creating American jobs and maintaining the strength of the American economy.

RILA and other business organizations plan to focus on the growing role of global value chains and how increasing flexibility can improve the ability of American companies to compete in the global economy, while benefitting workers and consumers in the domestic market.

“Retailers are well aware of the critical role imports play in the American economy,” said Stephanie Lester, vice president of international trade at RILA. “For the sake of American economic competitiveness, US trade policy should also acknowledge the value of imports and work with the global economy instead of against it.”

Numerous economic studies have been done to show that exports and imports are closely related, and American workers can add substantial value to imported products through the use of global value chains. One study, Analyzing the Value Chain for Apparel Designed in the United States and Manufactured Overseas, found that U.S. workers add more than two-thirds of the actual retail sales value of apparel manufactured overseas. The study also found that the U.S. value-added translates directly into well-paying American jobs in areas such as research, design, logistics, compliance, distribution, and customer service.

“Imports create American jobs and trade policy should be updated to support these imports and the millions of American workers that help to create them and bring them to market,”Lester continued.

Participants in Imports Work Week, including numerous associations, civic organizations, elected officials and members of the administration, plan to reinforce the value that imports hold by conducting seminars, releasing statements, commentaries and blog posts and engaging grass roots and social media activity to extend the message to the American public.

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 domestically and abroad.

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Allie Brandenburger
Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org

NACS welcomes Reed Armstrong as its products & services manager

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reed Armstrong has joined NACS as products & services manager. Armstrong comes to NACS after several years as an advisor at Cresa, a corporate real estate firm. Earlier in his career, Armstrong also served as a marketing associate, research & insights consulting, at The Advisory Board Company.Armstrong earned a BA in American studies, with a strong disciplinary focus in business, organizations and society, from Franklin & Marshall College.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. reported consolidated net income increase of 11% to Php4.58 billion for the Q1-2014

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property development companies in Southeast Asia, reported consolidated net income increase of 11% to Php4.58 billion for the first three months of 2014 from Php4.11 billion in the same period last year. Consolidated revenues, rose 3% to Php15.35 billion from Php14.95 billion, year-on-year.

Rental revenues accounted for 56% of the consolidated revenues, and grew by 12% to Php8.56 billion in 2014 from Php7.63 billion same period in 2013. The increase in rental revenue was primarily due to the new malls opened in 2012 and 2013, namely, SM City Olongapo, SM City Consolacion, SM City San Fernando, SM City General Santos, SM Lanang Premier, SM Aura Premier and SM City BF Parañaque, with a total gross floor area of 818,000 square meters. Excluding the new malls and expansions, same-store rental growth is at 7%.

Real estate sales recorded a 17% decrease to Php5.02 billion in 2014 from Php6.01 billion in 2013. The decrease is primarily due to sales take up attributable to only two project launches in 2012 of about 4,600 units from Breeze and Grace Residences compared to the nine project launches in 2010 and 2011 of about 26,700 units mainly from Jazz, Light, Wind, Shell and Green Residences. On the average, it takes about two years before revenues are recognized due to the percentage of completion accounting.

Cinema ticket sales significantly increased by 40% to Php1.06 billion in 2014 from Php0.76 billion in 2013. The increase was due to opening of digital cinemas at the new malls and the showing of local blockbuster movies with 100% sales growth year-on-year. The major blockbusters screened in 2014 were “Starting Over Again,” “Bride for Rent,” “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy,” “My Little Bossings,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Amusement and other revenues likewise increased by 30% to Php710 million in 2014 from Php546 million in 2013. The increase was mainly due to the opening of new amusement rides in the Sky Ranch in Tagaytay last March 2013 and reopening of ice skating rink in SM Megamall last January 2014.

Consolidated costs of real estate was Php2.93 billion in 2014, representing a decrease of 20% from Php3.65 billion in 2013. The decrease was primarily the result of lower recognized real estate costs in line with the lower real estate sales in 2014 compared to last year.

SM Prime’s consolidated operating expenses increased by 11% to Php5.75 billion in 2014 compared to last year’s P5.18 billion. Same-store mall growth in operating expenses is 7% and the balance is attributable to the opening of new malls and expansions.

Despite the decrease in real estate sales of 17%, gross profit margin for residential improved to 42% in 2014 compared to 39% in 2013. Consolidated marketing and selling expenses decreased by 16% to Php642 million in 2014 from Php761 million in 2013 as part of the SM Prime’s overall rationalization of its cost structure.

“We are off to a good start this year maintaining a steady growth for the first quarter of 2014. As we move towards our 5-year roadmap, we are very optimistic that SM Prime will achieve its targets.” said SM Prime President Mr Hans T. Sy.

SM Prime is an integrated property development company that acts as a catalyst for economic growth, committed to deliver innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Teresa Cecilia H. Reyes
Vice President, Finance
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: teresa.cecilia.reyes@smprime.com
Tel. no.: 831.1000 loc. 7820

Kingfisher CEO Sir Ian Cheshire: circular economy, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Innovation is critical to what we want to do as a business: making it easier for people to have better homes and better lives.

In turn, it is through innovation that we will build our future as a business. We believe that closed loop thinking has the potential to be a game changer for our innovation. That’s why it’s a pleasure to be sharing with you here the first lessons from a revolution in innovation.

Closed loop thinking – also known as the circular economy – is an idea for a different way of doing business. It underpins our vision for Net Positive Innovation, a world where creating and using products wastes nothing. Over the last few years, we’ve been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to pioneer this new thinking. It’s already clear that this is an idea that engages people and inspires change.

For me, one of the most exciting things about closed loop innovation is that this is going to drive the next generation of business growth for Kingfisher. Why? Put simply, if done well, closed loop innovation can cushion our business from price volatility, provide us with competitive advantage, help us to enter new markets and enable us to build better relationships with customers and suppliers. If we can make closed loop a reality in our business – pushing ourselves to develop new closed loop products and services, showcasing what’s possible and encouraging suppliers to innovate – I believe that in five or ten years’ time, we can become famous as a market-leading closed loop business.

To close the loop, we must think differently – right from the initial design phase through the entire manufacturing process. It will require new business practices, such as ‘take back’ services. We can’t perfectly close every single loop in one go. By taking the first steps, however, what we can do is radically cut the amount of resources, energy and costs involved and potentially create new forms of income.

Our target is to get to 1,000 products with closed loop credentials by 2020. I could argue that out of our 40,000 products, that level of ambition is not enough. This first phase is about developing pathfinder ideas for closing the loop at Kingfisher, getting  our supply chain engaged in creative new ways of operating, and activating the collective brains of 80,000 people across the Kingfisher Group to work on this  challenge. In this booklet, we highlight some of the key projects we’ve undertaken to close the loop in our innovation. Already there are some others in the pipeline, including some in early stage development supported by funding from the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board. These are the foundations for making a circular economy a practical reality.

Dame Ellen MacArthur: A paradigm shift in retail

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In today’s dominant economic model the consumer walks away with, and ultimately throws away, the product and all the valuable materials and resources within it.

The result is a linear flow of resources, materials and products – and, importantly for retail, it means once you’ve sold your product, you’ve lost those materials forever.

Resources are finite, but the demand for materials continues to grow, as does the volatility of prices. That’s why it is my conviction that business can benefit by creating circular material flows – generating value again and again. Those financial benefits have been proven through our research with McKinsey. For business, the circular economy provides the opportunity to improve resilience and competitiveness, regain control of resources and ultimately drive growth.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation focuses on the key pressure points and levers that will accelerate the transition to a circular economy, and working alongside our global partners to help create concrete business offerings is an integral part of our mission.

Kingfisher was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation three years ago and has supported its work ever since. What they saw early on was that a different, better model was possible and have enthusiastically taken up the challenge of rethinking their business practices.

Today, the projects and products that Kingfisher is developing are important because they indicate the start of a new wave of thinking – a change to the way business is done, and they demonstrate how we can make the shift. There is intent right across the business from the top down. They realise the extent of the challenge – that this is not just about one perfectly closed loop product or a small set of individuals in innovation teams – it’s a change across the business and throughout the systems it operates in. What I find most encouraging is the amount of effort put into product development and business model research to turn Kingfisher’s circular economy vision into a reality.

The innovation I’m seeing at Kingfisher, and in pioneering businesses elsewhere, makes me optimistic for the future. When we started working on the concept of a circular economy, it immediately appeared as a tangible solution to the challenges brought about by resource constraints. Having demonstrated its potential and now seeing pioneering companies actively engaged in the transition, I have never felt more convinced.

Wincor Nixdorf demonstrates automated processes at McDonald’s in Germany

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-15 — /EPR Retail News/ —  At the Wincor World 2014 trade show, Wincor Nixdorf is showcasing a trendsetting kiosk application in a replica of a McDonald’s restaurant: guests at McDonald’s can use an “Easy Order” terminal to place their menu orders themselves and pay for them by card. This simplifies ordering, food preparation and payment processes, especially at peak times.

Wincor Nixdorf developed the kiosk terminal especially for McDonald’s and adapted the terminal’s design to McDonald’s corporate image. The unit’s intuitive, touch-based interface makes it very user-friendly for the restaurant’s guests, and initial tests revealed that up to 50% of McDonald’s customers used the terminals during peak hours. The company plans to roll out the solution this year in other European countries.

McDonald’s and its 243 franchisees employ a yearly average of 64,000 people in a total of 1,440 restaurants across Germany.

Visitors to Wincor World 2014 at the A2-Forum in Rheda-Wiedenbrück from January 21 – 23 can discover the precise functions offered by the “Easy Order” terminal.

www.wincor-world.com

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Roundy’s, Inc. introduced new features and continuous carbon dioxide refrigerant system in its newest Pick ‘n Save location in Menomonee Falls

The Menomonee Falls store uses a CO2 refrigeration system

Milwaukee, WI, US, 2014-1-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Roundy’s, Inc. (“Roundy’s”) (NYSE: RNDY), a leading grocer in the Midwest, is introducing new features and a continuous carbon dioxide refrigerant system in its newest Pick ‘n Save location in Menomonee Falls. The sustainable store will open its doors January 14, 2014.

The refrigeration system and new store additions are an example of Roundy’s commitment to managing products and processes in an environmentally responsible manner, and follow a worldwide multi-industry shift toward using naturally occurring refrigerants.

“Our system is the first of its kind in Wisconsin to use carbon dioxide as its refrigerant,” said James Hyland, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Roundy’s. “The system will reclaim the heat it generates by serving as a heating source for the store’s hot water.”

From building materials to energy management systems and even operational efficiencies, the new store has many sustainable features. In order to see a full list of its sustainable initiatives, you can visit the “Green Board” inside the store.

In addition to the environmentally conscious refrigeration system, other new features of the store include a café area, sushi and soup bar, and gourmet cheese department. Fresh juices also will be squeezed daily in the store.

All of the new store additions focus on a continual effort to enhance the consumer experience and convenience of each Pick ‘n Save store.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 20,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 163 retail grocery stores and 101 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Contact:
James J. Hyland
Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
james.hyland@roundys.com
414-231-5811

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Roundy’s Pharmacies See Uptick In Flu Shots This Year

Increase in H1N1 virus has Centers for Disease Control urging all to get vaccinated

Milwaukee, WI, US, 2014-1-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the CDC warns that peak flu season is approaching, Roundy’s stores – Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Rainbow, Metro Market and Mariano’s – have administered 33 percent more vaccinations than last year and have seen use of high-dosage (HD) vaccinations double.

The increase is due to several factors: more awareness of the need for vaccination, as well as Roundy’s approach to patient care. The Roundy’s pharmacists confer with patients to determine what vaccination is most appropriate for each individual – a three-strain vaccine (called a trivalent), a four-strain vaccine (called a quadrivalent) and the HD version, which is primarily used for the most at-risk patients, such as the elderly. Each version of the vaccine includes the H1N1 strain which the CDC has indicated is the predominant strain this year. Roundy’s is not experiencing a shortage of any of the vaccines. Roundy’s pharmacists administer the vaccinations in-store and no appointment is needed.

“We’re pleased patients have been responding so well to the enhanced services available to them from our Roundy’s pharmacists,” said George Kowalski, RP, Vice President Roundy’s Pharmacy. “We feel our pharmacists are in a unique position to have the most opportunity for patient interaction.”

The CDC recommends that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine. In addition, to avoid the risk of flu-related complications, the CDC stresses the importance of annual flu shots for people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD or immunosuppressive conditions.

For more information please visit the Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Rainbow, Metro Market or Mariano’s website for a list of pharmacies and their hours of operation.

About Roundy’s
Roundy’s is a leading grocer in the Midwest with nearly $4.0 billion in sales and more than 20,000 employees. Founded in Milwaukee in 1872, Roundy’s operates 163 retail grocery stores and 101 pharmacies under the Pick ’n Save, Rainbow, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s retail banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. Roundy’s is committed to helping the communities its stores serve through the Roundy’s Foundation. Chartered in 2003, the Roundy’s Foundation mission is to support organizations working to relieve hunger and helping families in crisis due to domestic abuse, neglect and other at-risk situations.

Contact:
James J. Hyland
Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
james.hyland@roundys.com
414-231-5811

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Target Provides Update on Data Breach and Financial Performance

Company extends credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests

Minneapolis, MN, US,  2014-1-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target today announced updates on its continuing investigation into the recent data breach and its expected fourth quarter financial performance. As part of Target’s ongoing forensic investigation, it has been determined that certain guest information — separate from the payment card data previously disclosed — was taken during the data breach.

This theft is not a new breach, but was uncovered as part of the ongoing investigation. At this time, the investigation has determined that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals.

Much of this data is partial in nature, but in cases where Target has an email address, the Company will attempt to contact affected guests.  This communication will be informational, including tips to guard against consumer scams. Target will not ask those guests to provide any personal information as part of that communication. In addition, guests can find the tips on our website.

“I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”

Guests will have zero liability for the cost of any fraudulent charges arising from the breach. To provide further peace of mind, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all guests who shopped our U.S. stores. Guests will have three months to enroll in the program. Additional details will be shared next week. To learn more, please go to target.com/databreach.

Update on Fourth Quarter Outlook

The Company also provided an update to its expected fourth quarter 2013 financial results. In its U.S. Segment, Target now expects fourth quarter 2013 adjusted EPS of $1.20 to $1.30, compared with prior guidance of $1.50 to $1.60. This outlook anticipates a fourth quarter 2013 comparable sales decline of approximately (2.5)%, compared with prior guidance of approximately flat comparable sales. The updated sales expectation reflects:

  • Stronger-than-expected fourth quarter sales prior to the Company’s December 19, 2013, announcement of a payment card data breach;
  • Meaningfully weaker-than-expected sales since the announcement, which have shown improvement in the last several days, and;
  • A comparable sales decline of (2)% to (6)% for the remainder of the quarter.

Prior to the announcement of the payment card data breach, fourth quarter REDcard penetration was in line with year-to-date trends. Since the announcement, penetration growth has moderated but remains hundreds of basis points stronger than a year ago.

The Company is not able to provide an update to its expected fourth quarter 2013 GAAP EPS, however, GAAP results are expected to include:

  • (5) to (10) cents of dilution related to store closings (detail below), real estate impairments, and similar discrete events;
  • approximately (45) cents of dilution related to the Company’s Canadian Segment, compared with prior guidance of (22) to (32) cents, driven by the gross margin impact of continued efforts to clear excess inventory, and;
  • net dilution of (1) cent due to the expected reduction in the beneficial interest asset related to the sale of our credit card portfolio, partially offset by the resolution of income tax matters.

In addition, fourth quarter 2013 GAAP EPS may include charges related to the data breach. At this time, the Company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the data breach. Costs may include liabilities to payment card networks for reimbursements of credit card fraud and card reissuance costs, liabilities related to REDcard fraud and card re-issuance, liabilities from civil litigation, governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings, expenses for legal, investigative and consulting fees, and incremental expenses and capital investments for remediation activities. These costs may have a material adverse effect on Target’s results of operations in fourth quarter 2013 and/or future periods.

“In light of the recent data breach, our top priority is taking care of our guests and helping them feel confident in shopping at Target,” said John Mulligan, EVP & CFO. “At the same time, we remain keenly focused on driving profitable top-line growth and investing our resources to deliver superior financial results over time. While we are disappointed in our 2013 performance, we continue to manage our business with great discipline and leverage our expense optimization efforts to reinvest in multichannel initiatives that generate long-term value for our shareholders.”

Store Closings

After careful consideration of each location’s financial performance, Target also announced today that it plans to close eight U.S. stores on May 3, 2014.

The stores affected by this announcement are located in: West Dundee, Ill.; Las Vegas, Nev.; North Las Vegas, Nev.; Duluth, GA; Memphis, Tenn.; Orange Park, Fla.; Middletown, Ohio; and Trotwood, Ohio. Eligible team members at these stores will be offered an opportunity to transfer to a similar position at a nearby Target location.

Miscellaneous

Statements in this release regarding fourth quarter 2013 sales and adjusted earnings guidance, the expected dilution related to store closings, real estate impairments and similar discrete events, the expected dilution related to the Company’s Canadian Segment, and the impact of the data breach on the Company’s results of operations are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements speak only as of the date they are made and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially. The most important risks and uncertainties include: (i) loss of guest confidence in the Company’s ability to protect their information because of the data breach, and the adverse impact such loss of confidence may have on sales, (ii) the outcome of our pending and ongoing investigation, including our discovery of additional information relating to the data breach and our guests’ and other stakeholders’ reactions to that additional information, (iii) costs related to our investigation and resulting liabilities, and (iv) the risks described in Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2013.

The adjusted diluted earnings per share expectation for fourth quarter 2013 excludes the dilution related to store closings, real estate impairments and similar discrete events, dilution related to the Company’s Canadian segment, the expected reduction in the beneficial interest asset, the resolution of income tax matters, and any charges related to the data breach. This measure is not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share. Management believes adjusted EPS is useful in providing period-to-period comparisons of the results of the Company’s U.S. operations. Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate adjusted EPS differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of the measure for comparisons with other companies.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores — 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada — and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

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Price Chopper Supermarkets Recalls Chocolate Ice Cream

Schenectady, NY, US,  2014-1-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a recall on Central Market Classics Chocolate Ice Cream, UPC number 4173507233. The product may contain strawberries. The product is safe for consumption for those not allergic to strawberries.

The ice cream was sold beginning December 15, 2013.

Products should be returned to a local Price Chopper for a full refund. For more information visit pricechopper.com or call 800-666-7667, option 3, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

In addition to alerting the media, Price Chopper has initiated its Smart Reply notification program, which uses purchase data and consumer phone numbers on file in connection with the company’s AdvantEdge (loyalty) card to alert those households that may have purchased the product in question. All customers who purchased the product except for one have already been contacted using Smart Reply.

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About Price Chopper
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 132 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 51% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com .

Contact:
Mona Golub
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CozyCatFurniture.com Adds New Cat Condos and Perches

CozyCatFurniture.com has announced new line cat condos and cat perches that have durable and fun design and will entertain cats for hours. It is a wide selection of quality furniture for all feline friends. They will be provided for the lowest price on the internet and feature free shipping and no sales tax on purchase.

No matter how hard the cat owners try, they will not train cats to stop scratching, so we recommend taking a cat scratching furniture or its own scratching post
for it to scratch.

The new multi-level cat perches will give cats fun and fuzzy places to play and the sisal posts will provide an outlet for climbing and scratching to prevent damage to the home furniture. The furniture are stable, making it ideal for even the most boisterous of cats.

The new unique cat condos are perfect for cats and feature: multi-level construction; faux fur covering material, which has same quality as the regular carpet, but it is thinner; strong particle boards; every pole is covered with sisal rope. The sisal rope is strong enough for lasting years; construction is made from separate parts, which are bolted or screwed together; easily cleaning with a vacuum cleaner or mild detergent; assembles in minutes. All needed tools and instructions are included; excellent choice for one-cat or multiple-cat households

About Us: Cozy Cat Furniture store is a secure gateway for all needs for great modern cat furniture. Our mission is simply to be the definitive online story in providing pets with the highest quality and most uniquely designed furniture, houses and beds available anywhere in the USA.

For additional information about cat furniture, pet houses and beds visit our online store at http://www.cozycatfurniture.com

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Dress First Brings A Wide Range Of Wedding Dresses

Dress First, a renowned name when it comes to offering special event dresses, today announced the introduction of multiple wedding dress options in its collection. The store offers people designer clothing including wedding gowns, wedding party dresses, and accessories among others.

When contacted, Smith, a spokesperson of the company said, “Yes we are offering a wide range of dresses for customers across the globe to select and purchase from. We know the importance of your event and only present the highest quality supplies and designs. We have over 1,200 styles that are customized and tailored according to your style and requirement.” He further added, “We deliver superior class customer service to our customer so that they can have best shopping experience with us at our store. We have been a leading online retailer for offering variety in dresses and aim to continue with this success in times to come as well.”

Sources confirmed that there is a huge demand of wedding dresses across the globe and people spend a lot of money on it to make their special moment unforgettable. A number of online sites are offering multiple selections in dresses in their stores including wedding dresses at high prices; however, Dress First is offering the exciting range at very affordable prices. The online store offers high quality event supplies from customized bridal dresses to exceptional jewelry and graceful party supplies for making the moment memorable. The company ships across the globe.

In addition to wedding events Dress First offers designer dresses for many other occasions as well including anniversaries and parties. The designer dresses by the store are perfect for adding the glamour to the occasion. Some of the items the online store offers include wedding dresses, evening dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and cocktail dresses.

The newest collection in store include homecoming dresses 2013, evening dresses 2013, mother of the bride dress, prom dress 2013, floor length prom dresses, latest bridesmaid dresses 2013 and graduation dresses 2013 to name of a few.

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The eSafes Online Store Goes Green with Chubbsafes Elements Home Safes

eSafes are highlighting the benefits of the latest Chubbsafes Elements home safes, as the industry leading safe manufacture continues to work with aid organisations from around the globe.

The Chubbsafes Elements range brings together four high quality safes, built for different levels of home protection:
• Chubbsafes Elements Air – Basic Burglary Protection
• Chubbsafes Elements Water – Medium Burglary Protection
• Chubbsafes Elements Earth – High Burglary Protection
• Chubbsafes Elements Fire – Combined Fire and Burglary Protection

But in addition, the company believes in protection on a wider scale. That’s why every year a donation is made to four environmental projects; each of which is linked to a product from the Elements range.

The Chubbsafes Elements Air safe is the starter safe in the collection with a cash rating of £1,000, or £10,000 for valuables, and choice of locking options. In honour of the Air range, Chubbsafes supports Carbon Clear, a charity dedicated to reduced the emission of harmful greenhouse gases around the world.

Next up is Chubbsafes Elements Water, designed for enhanced protection with a cash rating of £2,000, or £20,000 for valuables. WaterAid works with the world’s poorest communities in order to grant them access to safe water. Chubbsafes has chosen WaterAid as their Water charity.

With an additional lock providing cash rating of £4,000 (£40,000 for valuables), the Chubbsafes Elements Earth safe goes beyond the call of duty for a home safe and guarantees protection from just about anybody. In addition, Chubbsafes donates money to Tree Aid. In doing so, they help to fight poverty in Africa through the planting of trees.

Finally, there is the Chubbsafes Elements Fire safe, which has the distinction of being one of the premier home safes in the market. With a cash rating of £4,000 and a valuables rating of £40,000, the Fire safe will stand up to all unwanted attention, but this safe also provides protection from another danger: that of fire. In honour of their fire resistant safe, Chubbsafes work with Cool Earth, helping to protect the world’s endangered rainforests from destruction.

The entire Chubbsafes Elements Range is now available from the eSafes online store. Customers gain a high quality safe for a competitively low price. But they also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their safe has played a part in essential environmental projects.

Pay a visit to http://www.esafes.co.uk/ to explore the range of Chubbsafes Elements safes available; in addition to a wide variety of safes by other leading brands, for domestic and commercial use.

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Most Expensive Nails in the World

After the successful launch of BOHEM nail jewellery, BOHEM is now releasing their first pair of nails for celebrities. These experimental nails were produced in their Birmingham based studios.

The objective:  To design and make a pair of bespoke accent nails to fit Rihanna on her World Tour 2013.

Pushing it further

“We could see that Rihanna loves her almond shaped nails and she obviously likes diamonds. Her 2013 tour was called “Diamonds” with her debut single “Diamonds in the sky.” In the past we have seen celebrities wearing metal nails but again BOHEM is pushing it further. The ‘Nails for the Stars’ are made with precious metals and precious gems to fit the hands and the style of that particular celebrity ” – Joe Vella creative director.

Stand out. Show off.

Keeping the ‘Diamonds in the Sky’ theme, the design team went for a multi layered 3d nail, keeping in mind the end result should look classy and slick. The layers represent the sky with ‘star set’ diamonds, set in platinum representative of her platinum sales. Also the large brilliant cut diamond represents the biggest star of all.

Bespoke by its own inspiration

The jewellery and stone setting were completed by artists and jewellers from the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. This pair of nails is truly unique in every way. BOHEM will be designing other exclusive ‘Nails for the Stars’, each one bespoke by its own inspiration. Like any other BOHEM jewellery, the ‘Nails for the Stars’ will be hallmarked by the Birmingham Assay Office to certify the quality of the diamonds, gold, platinum, silver or other metals used.    

The Concept

The concept  of ‘Nails for the Stars’ is for BOHEM to work alongside stylists to produce the ultimate bespoke designs within the jewellery industry. These can be made as accent nails to compliment the celebrity’s manicure or as full sets. Soon BOHEM will unveil a unique range of gold, platinum, and diamond nails inspired by stars like Beyonce, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, X factor judges and winners, and many more.

About BOHEM
BOHEM is a UK based company and they are proud to say that all their jewellery is hand made in the UK. They also have a large Christmas selection of sterling silver BOHEM nails to choose from online at www.bohem.co.uk starting from £15. Ideal as Christmas gifts, beautifully packed also include extra strong adhesive tabs for your assured fixing.

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Splash And Relax Into Autumn With A Great Canadian Spa

Splash and Relax supply great hot tubs and swimming pools that are fabulous for use throughout the summer and whilst the outdoor pool may be thinking of sleeping for the winter the hot tub can still be a great friend during the depths of winter. The hot tub can be a garden fixture or it can be fitted inside the house or the summerhouse or one of the most ideal places is the conservatory. People are naturally going to be a little reluctant to go too far in the cold so any inside option will be well received, however, anybody who has been skiing on a regular basis would have seen or experienced the use of an outside spa or hot tub. There is nothing better than coming from the slopes and getting rid of the aches and pains of hard days skiing.

Splash and Relax have great pleasure in promoting one of Canadian Spa’s new ranges of spas in the form of the Winnipeg Garden Hot Tub. Canadian Spa is one of the major manufacturers of hot tubs and the quality of their tubs is excellent and will nicely work inside or out. The Canadian Spa Winnipeg Hot Tub is a great family hot tub released for the season 2013 and having a great flexibility of operation so that the massaging can be from the gentlest flow to the deepest massage according to the requirements of the user. The seats are contoured to the shape of the user and are ergonomically designed the give the most relaxing posture possible. There are some 35 jets to give the full hydrotherapy massage session that is required and these are supplied by a large pipework manifold the get the best water flow to the jets. Splash and Relax note that all the jets are made of stainless steel and can all be adjusted in direction and flow. A very large 4 HP pump will meet the needs of even the toughest user for a good muscle massage but can also take care of the sensitive user.

Splash and Relax are pleased that this unit will be delivered virtually ready to go with a superb hot tub sculpted for the users and with a great array of hydrotherapy jets ether in a Silver marble shell with a charcoal grey cabinet or by special order the Winnipeg Garden Hot Tub comes with a blue Caribbean shell with a cedar wood effect cabinet or even for the more adventurous a Gypsum shell and a Chocolate cabinet. Each type of design has its advantages and it is a matter of personal choice which type is ordered.

Finally the completion of this excellent package is helped by a ‘Plug and Play’ sound system, which fits to a standard MP 3 player and produces lovely music from the pop up speakers. Splash and Relax believe the super sound system and the LED lighting including the backlit LED lighting behind the waterfall bring a superb atmosphere to an excellent hot tub.

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Evyral Provides an Interactive Online Shopping Platform Designed to Bring Buyers and Sellers Together

Evyral provides a social platform for entrepreneurs and business owners to share their own creations and products.

Evyral visitors can browse our collections, buy products online and have the ability to contact shop owners directly with questions or requests. The Evyral browsing experience guides buyers through our inventory in a fun and intriguing manner.

Registering with Evyral allows you to participate in a social marketplace where you can buy and sell products while connecting with other community members. With your Evyral account you can setup your own storefront and sell your items. You’ll gain full access to our complete set of user interaction features, including the ability to create both a unique personal and shop profile, “follow” other users, maintain a “favorite” items list and “treasury,” share videos, comment, message, and share feedback with community members.

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The Electrical Counter Now Offer A Retro Finish To The Light Switch

The Electrical Counter is very pleased to supply the Retrotouch RTS Touch and Remote Light Switch to the electrical market for installation into the home or office. This switch is something completely different from the normal light switch and is certain to be an item that will flourish and most likely will provide an insight as to where the next expansion in the market will occur. The starting point is that this switch will provide a completely different appearance from the standard switch with a 1, 2 or 3 gang switch being able to operate up to 3 different circuits at a time either by switch or by a remote control – see more here http://www.electricalcounter.co.uk/products/switches+&+sockets/retrotouch.

The retro look is definitely in evidence with the switch being surrounded by a glass surround and a chrome trim with the fixing screws being totally concealed. The black finish gives that modern and interesting appearance and will fit in superbly with any modern household décor. The Electrical Counter finds the finish to be of a very high quality and exceptionally different in appearance and a blue glow that is given out to allow the user to locate the switches in poor light completes a very modern effect.

The Electrical Counter notes that the operation of the Retrotouch RTS Touch and Remote Light Switch is by a simple one touch operation or by a means a hand remote system. The remote operation of the switch is an area, which will no doubt increase over the future years, as there is a definite movement to the total remote control of nearly all operations with the louse or office. This is an ideal system for old as well as young as the remote can operate through walls so that it is possible to turn on the lighting system in any room prior to getting there which of course makes moving from room to room safer. The Electrical Counter have seen that there is a trend to change the lighting systems as the day progresses from the sharp high quality lights that are required earlier in the day to the subdued lighting that is more favourably used as bedtime approaches and the remote allows easy transfer of lighting patterns.

The Electrical Counter is also please to supply the Retrotouch RTS switch with a full dimming capability so that the lighting can be changed up or down according to the requirements of the occupants of the room.

The Electrical Counter is pleased to be able to supply the full range of Retrotouch RTS switches and sockets for fitting throughout the house. This means that there can be a uniformity of appearance throughout the house to match that of the remote controlled switch units in the major parts of the house. There is a full range of matching switches, which have a rocker switch instead of the remote and one touch operation and there is also a range of electrical sockets to match so that the whole of the building can be changed to give the retro look throughout the place. The most inviting colour is black as this gives a superb finish but they can also be sourced in white.

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Be Amazed by a Beautiful New Online Collection of Children’s Nursery Designs

Maze features a collection of children’s clothing, accessories, nursery furniture and toys from around the world. For the young and young-at-heart, these playful and design-savvy items are geared towards families looking to create a home with a sense of style – where aesthetic and design become kid-friendly.

Launching via New York City and Singapore, Maze is an international work of love, a real online boutique – there are no mass productions here. The products featured on Maze are eclectic and have been curated from across the globe, but they all have a common thread: each item has been chosen for its solid design, high quality, natural and environmentally-friendly workmanship, and moreover because there is something being given back to society through the creation or sale of the piece: jobs created, drinking water supplied, educational programs funded – things which, in today’s world and especially as parents, we are ever more conscious of.

Moreover, the idea of exposing children to good design, and having simple, high-quality designs created with children in mind is not often considered. With this collaboration, Maze aims to redefine the way we furnish, dress, and entertain our children. Look for whimsical European children’s wear, Scandinavian nursery furniture, colorful Japanese toys and more. But above all, look to Maze to curate the aesthetic of truly beautiful children’s design.

Exclusive to Maze in the US and Singapore, plush sheep from Hanns-Peter Krafft. Designed in 1982, these near impossible-to-find, handcrafted wooden sheep are made of real sheepskin, beech legs and leather ears. They are whimsical and highly sought after, evoking the “Mouton” designs of brilliant husband and wife design team Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne.

Trinkets and scarves from Nathalie Lete are inspired by vintage toys, pressed flower, old animal engravings, and Parisian folk works. Her work is colourful, naive and poetic, sometimes strange, to the point of tending towards art brut – but remains art for you and your little one.

From Swedish designer Margot Barolo’s line, Baby Barolo come down-filled papoose, comforter and socks to swaddle babies in snuggly clouds.

Knitted objets de l’art from Lucky Boy Sunday are beautiful and quirky – the perfect juxtaposition between childhood and hip parenthood create modern luxury in form of knitted art toys and soft furnishings.

Designed in Japan and produced on heritage looms in Lithuania, pieces from Yumiko Sekine’s Fog Linen Work line define today’s natural lifestyle trend in Japan. These linens blend in beautifully and now include a collection for toddlers.

After 5 years in the “Beaux-Arts” in Paris and a career in cinema Maud de Longevialle gives us a stunning and impeccably crafted collection in Leoca-Paris. Timeless elegance is delivered, and you will probably envy your little one’s closet.

“We do not inherit our planet from our parents, we borrow it from our children. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”. Modeled in the style of their popular adult line, components of Veja sneakers are both sustainable and organic. The construction process is socially conscious and creates good factory conditions for workers in both Brazil and France.

It was while she was thinking about her childhood memories that Japanese designer Kaz Shiomi had the inspiration for Kiko. This line of children’s toys are all made from wood and there, charm lies in simplicity. The brand has an authentic and artistic quality; reasonable prices, lively colours, and a slightly quirky touch that is quintessentially Japanese.

Hans Stockmar started with beekeeping products and beeswax candles in 1922. For over 50 years, Stockmar has been producing wax crayons that do not crumble, stick or smudge and are non-toxic. Maze will feature their signature wax crayon colors and watercolors – colorful and fun.

A huge transition happens when we create a child – our lives begin to move in a different direction and the focus shifts towards creating a welcoming and beautiful space for them. At the same time, we as adults have our own aesthetic and sensibilities. Can we coexist in design and find style that is youthful, playful, and fun for both? “Absolutely!” says Maze!

Maze launched online in New York in September 2013. The collection will expand internationally via Singapore by early February 2014

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Terra Patio & Garden Announces Labor Day Sales Event

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend on from a new piece of beautiful outdoor teak furniture or a new all weather wicker patio furniture set from Terra Patio & Garden, a retailer of artisan patio furniture and outdoor accessories. From August 23rd to September 3rd, Terra Patio & Garden is hosting a Labor Day Sales Event offering up to 50% off all their outdoor patio furniture and accessories.

Find a wide selection of premium outdoor deep seating furniture including patio chairs, dining tables, loveseats, sofas, coffee tables, chaise lounge and more in a variety of materials all at an affordable price. Kids trampolines, outdoor umbrellas, play structures,outdoor fire tables, spas and sunbrellas are on sale too. Rick Payton, Online Marketing Director at Terra Patio expanded on the details of the sales event saying, “During this 12 day sales event, Terra Patio & Garden will be offering immediate delivery so that customers can have their new and beautiful outdoor patio furniture ready for the national holiday.”

While only offering the best outdoor furniture and accessories for your home, Terra Patio & Garden are also prize for their superior customer service and personnel. One satisfied customer raved, “I purchased a beautiful table, chairs and lounge chair. The prices were very reasonable, particularly for the quality and the service was impeccable. They were very competitive and the quality and value combination was unmatched.” (Source: Terra Patio & Garden Yelp Review). Terra Patio & Garden is happy to assist with any of their customer’s needs and to address any problems they may have in the future, as customer service is a key priority for them.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to save huge on patio furniture, and come by to one of Terra Patio & Garden five Bay Area locations in Mill Valley, Walnut Creek, Burlingame, Mountain View or San Ramon. For more information about Terra Patio & Garden’s Labor Day Sales Event, visit www.terrapatio.com.

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Energy Bulbs Lights Your Way To Lower Bills

Are you concerned that energy prices, and in particular electricity seeming to keep rising every quarter without fail, and never seeming to drop? Well at Energybulbs.co.uk they are only too aware of your worries and this is why they are now stocking a full range of LED light bulbs that are designed to be used to help drastically reduce your electricity bills.

They stock a wide range of LED light bulbs, because in terms of providing you with the greatest energy reduction then nothing comes close to the energy saving provided by LED light bulbs. Now you may think “Are they not very expensive, and give out a funny light, and are only available for very few light fixings?”

Well all of those things are actually misconceptions when it comes to LED light bulbs. Firstly, yes they used to be very expensive when they first came to the marketplace, however now many more manufacturers have started to produce them and as a result prices have begun to drop dramatically as energybulbs.co.uk’s competitive prices show. Also consumer demand for them has now meant that they are being produced in greater numbers and this has also helped to decrease the price of them.

The early LED replacement bulbs did come in for some criticism over the colour of light they gave out. However all of the LED light bulbs that energybulbs.co.uk sell have been chosen for the excellent light properties they have, and you will find that all of the ones they sell as replacements for traditional filament bulbs offer extremely good light quality and colouration. They guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

When it comes to the availability of LED light bulbs for a variety fitments you will be pleased to know energybulbs.co.uk stock LED light bulbs in just about every fitment possible for those bulbs that you may wish to replace around your home. Whilst LED light bulbs were initially available in only a couple of fitments, there is now just about no light bulb that you cannot find an equivalent replacement LED one for.

Whilst energybulbs.co.uk offers a comprehensive stock of energy saving bulbs and LED light bulbs, if you do not see a suitable replacement for your bulb on the energybulbs.co.uk website then do not be afraid to give them a call to discuss your requirements, as one of their experienced lighting advisors will be on hand to handle your query, and it is worth calling them as even if it is not on their online catalogue then they well may be able to source it for you anyway.

Energybulbs.co.uk predominately offer and recommend LED light bulbs as they only use around 15 to 20% of the electricity that the equivalent filament bulbs you may be currently using do. So if you were to fit your entire house out with LED bulbs then your electricity bill with regards to your lights could drop by over 80%! In addition energybulbs.co.uk would also like to point out that LED light bulbs have a life of up to 50,000 hours each and this compares to around 2,000 hours for a conventional halogen bulb, and so you will also save a huge amount of money in not replacing bulbs.

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Laundry 365 Keep You Running £65 Days A Year

Laundry 365 is pleased to promote their excellent laundry repair services to an industry that often requires coverage every day of the year. The company was named Laundry 365 on the basis that people who set up the company realised that laundries were an essential part of everyday operation and a breakdown could bring the whole operation to a standstill and if this occurred at a weekend or on a holiday then a lot of people could be inconvenienced very severely. To resolve this problem Laundry 365 was set up to make sure that the industry was able to get a repair service that would see them operate 365 days a year whilst having a service available that could repair all but the catastrophic breakdown at the customers beck and call.

Laundry 365 pride themselves on the quality of the equipment they supply in the first place as being some of the best on the market but as with all mechanical equipment breakdowns will occur and a rapid response and solution is essential to good operation. The company are pleased to offer various service contracts on all their commercial laundry equipment and up to 4 years can be arranged as a service contract, which added to the manufacturers guarantee, gives a total of 5 years repair coverage. Laundry 365 is pleased to note that the repair service covers a 365 days a year with a 24 hour rapid repair service and all parts and labour. It will also include an annual preventative maintenance visit and if the equipment uses gas there will be an annual gas safety inspection. The service has been designed to give the customer peace of mind that when problems do occur there is a simple and safe solution just a phone call away.

Laundry 365 only source the repair parts from the leading manufacturers so that the integrity of the repair is secure and will bring the equipment concerned back to full operational condition that should last a long time. This is one part of laundry operation that Laundry 365 has focussed on for a long time, as it has been the Achilles heel of the business. Laundry machines by definition do a great deal of hard work and their operating speeds and rotations are extremely high and the toughest of materials can wear in time and a good repair service is everything.

If the laundry does not have a service contract that is no problem to Laundry 365 as they offer a great repair service in this case as the Companies vast experience in the industry allows them to resolve almost all problems whilst being extremely competitive in price.

Laundry 365 will be delighted to talk to 0r email any laundry or prospective laundry to show just what they can do to help the customer to make sure that the laundry operation works safely and securely for all 365 days a year and that when the work has been completed that the quality of the repairs of Laundry 365 will stand the test of time.

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QuatroSpa Garden Hot Tub From Splash & Relax

Splash and Relax, the purveyors of all things that revolve around water involved sports, relaxation, spa treatments and play equipment are well-known for the supply of swimming pools and hot tubs and a myriad of other equipment. The range of goods that they are able to supply grows ever larger and whilst some of the equipment is fairly inexpensive quality is never compromised. The range of goods runs from the small to the large and from the inexpensive to the very luxurious and expensive.

In the range of Hot Tubs this very much follows that pattern with the range going from the small portable outside hot tub to the luxurious swim and spa combined which will cost over £20,000 when fully fitted. The QuartoSpa Garden Hot Tub is an excellent compromise to this market place being a good outdoor hot tub which will satisfy all members of the family at a price that is reasonable. The price at a little over £3,000 buys a good quality circular hot tub which is covered by a good vertical slatted cedar wood effect surround. This pool will fit excellently onto any flat surface but it looks particularly good on a wood slatted deck and it will also benefit from having a raised wood decking with a good set of access steps that the Hot Tub fits into so that any participant has an easy entry or exit from the tub. This will mean that there is a semi-circular wooden decking fitted neatly around the tub, which will give an excellent appearance as well as a safe and easy entry point. Splash and Relax have supplied similar hot tubs for many years and are pleased to give advice on the hot tub and any of the ancillary equipment that is required.

Splash and Relax have stocked this pool as it provides access for 5 or 6 people at a time with seating and a full range of pressure jets and a special master chair set up for an individual massage system. This “hot seat” has 15 individual massage jets. These jets consist of at least 5 full power therapy jets and 6 eye directional jets. The jets within the hot tub can be arranged as requested and the set-up is such that all jets have a constant pressure and not that some more powerful than others dependent on where in the hot tub (or where in the supply pipework) they are.

Keeping the Hot Tub clean and properly treated is a recommendation that Splash and Relax are pleased to make as water safety is always of paramount importance to them. Chemical treatment kits are available and these work well but there are also other systems that are worth considering. The Ozone sanitizer system is strongly recommended as it greatly reduces the chemical levels that are required and sanitises the water quite naturally. The system works 24 hours a day and converts small quantities of oxygen into Ozone. Ozone kills bacteria quicker than Chlorine and Bromine but does it without the eye and nose irritation of the other chemical types. It also removes odours.

Splash and Relax recommend this as a great way to begin with a good quality Hot Tub that removes those aches and pains on a good day or a bad day.

This news has been bought to you by Nathaniel Bailey, an online marketing developer and seo manager in Kent, UK.

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Thames Valley Catering Adds The New Foster ‘Xtra’ Range Of Refrigeration Products

Thames Valley Catering Equipment where pleased to announce today that they have officially launched the sale of the new Foster Xtra Refrigeration products range to their already extensive lines of refrigeration and catering equipment supplies.

Foster Refrigeration Equipment has always been well known as a leader in the UK’s market place for their refrigeration equipment and have been building, producing and supplying a vast array of reliable, dependable, robust and innovative products which are now available to you in a new affordable range via Thames Valley Catering.

The Foster xtra range has cleverly been designed to provide a solution that meets all your refrigeration requirements on a budget. Available at a competitive price, the range includes a suite of value for money cabinets, counters and blast chillers, offering reliable products you can depend on.

The Cabinets on offer are the 600 litre XR600H refrigerator and XR600L Freezer single door units (pictured top right) and the 1300litre double door XR1300H refrigerator and XR1300L freezer. All of these units have a stainless steel exterior and aluminium interior, adjustable 2/1GN shelving, easy read digital controllers, removable door gaskets, fan assisted cooling, castors and door locks fitted as standard and fully automatic operation. The Xtra cabinet freezers and cabinet refrigerators can be found here and here respectively.

Two counter refrigerators are available the two door280 litre XR2H (pictured below) and three door 435 litre XR3H both of which have 1/1GN shelves as well as all of the benefits of the cabinets shown above can also be supplied with 100mm splash backs, basket drawers and rear stainless covers for those units located in the centre of the kitchen.

There are also 3 xtra economic blast chillers available from the Foster xtra range; the XR10 (10kg chilling capacity), XR20 (20kg chilling capacity and XR35 (35kg chilling capacity) pictured below. All of these blast chillers have a stainless steel interior and exterior with shelf positions set 75mm apart to maximise capacity. Microprocessor controls provide food safe chilling from +70’c to +3’c in 90 minutes with hard and soft chill options. The units are also designed with no visible screws or dirt traps for ease of cleaning and will operate to high ambient temperatures up to approx 40’c.

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Ace Sheds Are Made In Kent For The People Of Kent

Ace Sheds are one of the cheapest and best shed manufacturers in the UK with a superb range of buildings for all the best possible applications. However it is a bonus for the people of Kent because Ace Sheds are based in Bethersden near Ashford in Kent right in the heart of the county. This is a lovely part of the South East of the country but Ace Sheds have developed a business for the whole of the UK. Ace Sheds have a proud tradition in the building of sheds and have developed their present range over many years so that the refined product of today not only meets the best design characteristics of the modern shed but is also one of the cheapest if not the cheapest on the market at the present time without losing any of the quality expected of the Company. Ace Sheds have designed all their sheds themselves so the process starts and finishes within the company at Bethersden.

Kent has had a great influence on the designs of Ace Sheds and several have been named after the towns, city or county. The designs are taken from the buildings, which are part and parcel of the Kent countryside. This area is a lovely part of the country and whilst it is a busy commuter area for London it is also a very important agricultural area of the country.

Probably one of the best known of the Ace Sheds range is the Kent Apex Wooden Garden Shed and this fine building is one of the cheapest of the Ace Sheds range. The design is a simple apex type with a door at the front and a good side window that allows a good deal of daylight into the shed. This is a typical garden shed and is a favourite among the Ace Shed customers both in terms of design and cost. There is a large range of sizes for the building from a typical 8 ft x 6 ft to a massive 14 ft x 8 ft shed, which will hold a large amount of stuff or act as a good workroom.

The Ace Sheds Romney design is reminiscent of the county of Kent having a large heart and big double doors to allow the world to enter. The double doors are the major feature of the building making it ideal for a large storage that may include ride on motor mowers. Again this building has the same list of shed sizes but is a more flexible shed for storage of large items.

The final Ace Sheds design, which is Kent based in name is the Canterbury design, which is a large summerhouse designed shed with an apex roof and a central door flanked by two windows. This is an excellent design for the good garden and as its name suggests is one of the stars of the Ace Sheds portfolio.

Ace Sheds are extremely proud of their whole range and are extremely proud to run their business from the middle of the great county of Kent.

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Terra Patio & Garden’s Fourth of July Sizzling Summer Sale

Celebrate the Fourth of July with incredible values as Terra Patio & Garden, a premier supplier of all-weather outdoor patio furniture in a variety of styles and materials, opens the Summer season with its annual Fourth of July Sizzling Summer Sale.


Save up to 40% on select outdoor patio and garden furniture and pay no sales tax through the Fourth of July weekend only! Customers can find special markdowns in celebration of this grand summer event. Price markdowns include Ventana brand deep seating, dining and lounging sets. Customers will also be able to choose an array of premium teak deep seating, all-weather wicker, and a wide selection of cast aluminum and iron sets.

While enjoying a unique shopping experience at Terra Patio & Garden, they look forward to assisting our customers in creating a beautiful outdoor setting for their home. Customers can find fresh ideas for their outdoor living that will enhance their way of life and bring unique character to their yard. Andrea L., a Terra Patio & Garden’s customer, recently reported, “Not only am I happy with the product, I’m very impressed with their commitment to customer satisfaction.  They went above and beyond to correct a difficult situation. Wow! This place is as good as it gets!” (Source: Terra Patio & Garden’s Yelp Account).

The sale begins Wednesday, July 3 and runs through Tuesday, July 9. Terra Patio & Garden’s July Sizzling Summer Sale only comes once a year, so don’t miss it! Visit any one of their five Bay Area locations including Mill Valley, Walnut Creek, Burlingame, San Ramon, and Mountain View.

For more information about Terra Patio & Garden’s July Sizzling Summer Sale, please visit: www.terrapatio.com. Terra Patio & Garden will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.

About Terra Patio & Garden
Featuring Ventana outdoor furniture since 1998, Terra Patio & Garden works directly with artisans from all over the world, to provide original patio furniture at exceptional values. Find high quality, stylish furniture sets made from wicker, premium teak, and fine cast wrought-iron, aluminum and others. As well, Terra Patio & Garden provide a wide range of outdoor accessories, spas and play structures that will add a special touch to your yard.

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The Door Store Announce A Quality Range Of Oak Fire Doors

The Door Store has developed a superb range of doors for all applications which can be viewed on their website and supplied at a delivery time to suit the customer. Their range of internal doors are excellent and in particular their range of Oak Internal Doors.

A great example of the Door Stores range of Oak Internal doors is the JB Kind Yoxall Finished Oak Internal Door which is a superb door fully engineered to a very high standard to give a door which will survive the general day to day activity of any house. The door finish is an excellent Oak veneer which gives the door a very luxurious finish. The design of the is a very simple vertical plank system with a top and bottom horizontal wide oak faced board which with the outer two vertical planks makes a great visual surround to the design. This design of door brings a richness to the house and The Door Store is proud of the effect that a complete range of these doors will bring to the home or office. The range will fit ideally throughout the property and will fit in whether it be in the kitchen, sitting room or the bedroom.

Having a great looking door is one thing having a door which will resist fire for a time and allow the occupants of the property time to escape is a completely different problem and one which the Door Store takes very seriously. The JB Kind Yoxall Finished Oak Internal Door is just one of the range of internal doors which can be sourced in a fire door specification, in this case to a level of FD30 which means that it has been made to a specification which will allow 30 minutes for the occupants of the property to escape safely. These doors have achieved the BWF Certifire certificate which has been established by the British Woodworking Federation to testify that these doors have achieved the FD30 or FD60 (60 minutes escape time) requirements under rigorous testing procedures. In this case the JB Kind Yoxall Finished Oak Internal Door has been tested so that it is certain to give that escape time.

It is becoming more common by the day that fire doors are fitted throughout the home particularly for any door that enters or exits the hallway of a property. The Door Store also notes that the fire door must be fitted correctly into a frame with the correct intumescents and smoke seals. The smoke seals stop the major killer in any fire which is the fumes that are generated in a fire and the intumescents stop the flames creeping around the door edges.

The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – has worked hard to get a safe door catalogue as well as an attractive door range and they have plenty of experience in this area. The Door Store website will give a full range of oak internal doors but they will be only too pleased to offer any advice on the fire prevention and safety aspects which require to be addressed.

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Splash And Relax At A Price That Suits Most Pockets

Splash and relax are a company that has worked hard to develop a full range of products that will not only cover every sort of leisure activity but will do it at a price that can be afforded by most people. This is due to Splash and Relax working hard to obtain a full range of product within any category so that there is something for everyone. The very name of the company suggests that the water based sports and leisure activities have always been at the forefront of Splash and Relax’s business model. The swimming pool business is a major part of that area and the company can supply a full range of pools from the typical blow up paddling pool through the inflatable pools and above ground pools to the in the ground models.

Splash and Relax are pleased to be able to provide a great in ground swimming pool that will cost a fraction of that of a fully fitted tiled swimming pool. Splash and Relax are pleased to supply the Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit which is basically a DIY swimming pool that most active families can deal with or get a local contractor to erect at a very low price. The in ground swimming pool has always been considered the ultimate in swimming pools as it fits so well into the standard large garden and can be landscaped with paths and patios to make it the major centre of any garden. The Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit comes in kit form in various sizes up from 20 ft x 12 ft to 30 ft x 14 ft and at a price range for the full kit from less than £6,000 to less than £8,000 for the largest then comparing this to a price of over £30,000 for fully tiled and fitted swimming pool this unit has some very attractive advantages. The kit pool will usually take around 7 to 10 days to install whereas the tiled pool will take a good 10 weeks to install.

Splash and Relax are pleased to promote the Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit and note that the work can be carried out with assistance in a complete do it yourself fashion. The biggest problem is the hole for the pool but a good local digger contractor will deal with that and requires a good base. The Kafko DIY 4 ft Polymer In-Ground Swimming Pool Kit supplies a full framework for the pool with a fully insulation panel wall around and below the pool. The liner is a polymer one which will last about 7 to 10 years but a simple replacement will restore the pool to new. All the cleaners and filtration units come with the kit but there are a great range of extras that Splash and Relax can supply including a serious water heater and good solar covers.

Take a look at the Splash and Relax website and see just how good this swimming pool looks.

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