Kroger declares quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share
CINCINNATI — Kroger’s board of directors on Thursday declared a quarterly dividend of 15¢ per share to be paid on June 1 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15.
In 2012, the company’s board of directors raised the quarterly dividend by approximately 30%, to 15¢ per share. Since reinstating dividends in 2006, Kroger has increased the dividend each year and expects to continue to do so, the company noted.
Target buys Cooking.com, CHEFS Catalog
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has purchased two online retailers of cooking equipment in a move designed to expand its cooking and kitchenware business, said the mass merchandise retailer, which has lately made major investments in multichannel retailing.
Target announced the purchase of Cooking.com and CHEFS Catalog, both of which will continue to operate under their current names as a single, wholly owned subsidiary of Target. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
"We are excited to bring CHEFS and Cooking.com into the Target family," Target SVP enterprise strategy and president of multichannel Casey Carl said. "We know consumers are increasingly looking online for cooking solutions to make their lives easier — from utensils and cookware to recipes. These strategic transactions provide us a great way to address this growing opportunity and will offer expanded online options for our guests."
CHEFS president and CEO Tim Littleton will become president of the subsidiary, reporting to Carl, while Cooking.com CEO and co-founder Tracy Randall will become a consultant to Target.
"We’re delighted to be a part of the Target organization," Littleton said. "CHEFS has grown and thrived online by offering a well-edited selection of leading kitchen tools, gadgets and accessories. Combined with Cooking.com and their strong Powered By partnerships, their vast array of recipes and user-driven product ratings and reviews, we believe we’re well-positioned to provide an even richer online experience for our collective customers."
In a call with analysts in late February to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 earnings, the company said its planned announcements in supply chain and technology, including multichannel, would equal investments in stores themselves. Earlier this month, Target announced a partnership with Fast Company magazine to sponsor a competition to develop a new mobile experience for the retailer to coincide with the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Mobile purchases constitute more than 7% of the company’s sales, while mobile traffic constitutes more than 25% of overall digital traffic.
Safeway declares quarterly dividend
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced that its board of directors met Thursday and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.175 per share.
The cash dividend will be payable on April 11 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 25.
Safeway shares were down 7 cents to $24.31 in early-morning trading Friday.