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Walmart lifts veil on Black Friday specials

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is offering customers an early, exclusive preview of its Black Friday specials.

Customers that sign up at Walmart.com for Walmart’s Facebook page will be able to view top assortments across a variety of categories. Walmart also will hold an early holiday sale beginning Nov. 5.

Walmart recently announced it was bringing back its Christmas layaway program.

"Walmart will be the Black Friday destination for the best prices on the hottest gifts, including brand-name electronics and toys," Walmart chief merchandising officer Duncan Mac Naughton said. "We know shoppers are watching every penny this season, so we’re sharing our Black Friday specials early this year so they can plan ahead and deliver a wonderful Christmas for their families."

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Family Dollar promotes Beth MacDonald

BY Allison Cerra

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar has appointed a new VP assistant general counsel and assistant secretary.

Family Dollar said its current assistant general counsel Beth MacDonald has been promoted to the new role. She will report to Family Dollar SVP and general counsel Jim Snyder.

MacDonald joined Family Dollar in 2010 as divisional counsel.

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Yankee Candle launches My Favorite Things line for holiday season

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle has introduced a limited-edition collection that includes six new fragrances.

Inspired by the song “My Favorite Things,” the new collection includes Rain Drops On Roses, Bright Copper Kettles, Warm Woolen Mittens, Crisp Apple Strudel, Moon On Their Wings and Blue Satin Sashes.

The My Favorite Things line is available in large classic jar candles, small tumbler candles and a storybook-like box that includes 12 samplers votive candles, two of each fragrance. The new collection is available at retailers nationwide.

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