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Costco delivers strong sales in October

BY DSN STAFF

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco reported net sales of $7.01 billion for the four weeks ended Oct. 30, an increase of 11% from $6.3 billion during the similar four-week period last year.

Total comparable-club sales for the month were up 9%. U.S. comparable-store sales also were up 9%, while international comps rose 8%. Excluding the impact of fuel and foreign currencies total comps rose 7%, U.S. comps rose 6% and international comps rose 9%.

For the first nine weeks of its reporting period ended Oct. 30, the company reported net sales of $15.62 billion, an increase of 13% from $13.81 billion during the similar period last year.

Costco currently operates 595 warehouses, including 432 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, nine in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in Korea and three in Australia.

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Case-Mate introduces new iPhone case

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Case-Mate is touting an "ultra-protective tough case" for the iPhone.

The product, called Tank, is a dual layer case that features a hard, impact-resistant exterior and a shock-absorbing interior. Tank also features a retractable screen that shields a phone from impacts, cracking and condensation.

"Sixty-seven percent of damaged iPhones are due to cracked screens and the current market does not provide users with an effective solution," Case-Mate chief marketing officer Erik Attkisson said. "We saw this as an opportunity to engineer a tough case that has the high-design aesthetic our customers expect while providing critical protection for both the screen and the phone."

Tank is available for $60 and is available in green/orange, black/black, black/pink and white/pink color options.

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Kroger, DSI extend agreement

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. — An in-store magazine merchandising and marketing company has signed a new front-end checkout reset agreement with Kroger.

Distribution Services said it will continue providing installation services for Kroger’s front-end checkout fixture initiatives through December 2012. DSI has provided full front-end merchandiser reset services to Kroger for the past six years.

"We are appreciative that Kroger has selected our dedicated and experienced field staff to handle all aspects of these displays, as well as their merchandising, as retailers view the front-end as the most valuable real estate in the store," DSI president and CEO John Swider said.

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