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Closeout retailer Big Lots has decided to exit the wholesale business. The merchant will wind down operations of Big Lots Wholesale, Consolidated International, and Wisconsin Toy wholesale operations by the end of fiscal 2013.
The merger of equals proposed by OfficeMax and Office Depot would create a $17 billion office supplies empire.
Fifth & Pacific Companies said on Oct. 7 that it agreed to sell the intellectual property of the Juicy Couture brand to Authentic Brands Group for $195 million cash.
The Sears Holding Corporation, which operates Sears, Roebuck and Co., and Kmart, reported a 6% or $194 million loss in the second quarter. However, the online sales for both sears.com and kmart.com grew over 20%.
Dick’s Sporting Goods reported a lower-than-expected second quarter, which the sports retailer said was due in large part to “higher levels of precipitation and cooler temperatures.” Dick’s, however, did report that net sales for the second quarter increased 6.6% to $1.5 billion.
Innotrac announced its financial results for the second quarter and is reporting a 27% increase in net service revenues.
Kewill, a provider of multimodal transportation software, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Four Soft, a software company headquartered in Hyderabad, India. The acquisition is expected to close within 90 days and will expand Kewill’s existing position in the Supply Chain Execution software market.
OfficeMax released it’s second quarter financials and according to the report the office supply retail saw a 4.3% decrease in sales.
Fifth & Pacific, which includes clothing and lifestyle brands such as Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, and Lucky Brand, released it’s second quarter financials which showed a net sale increase of $45 million.
Wayfair.com, an online home furnishing retailer, has announced the acqusition of lifestyle retailer DwellStudio for an undisclosed amount of money. Wayfair.com said the acquisition not only adds product design and development to the brand portfolio but also means the possibility of new product lines by the end of 2013.