September 12, 2002




HP mails first postmerger catalog

(Direct Newsline) This week, HP mailed its first catalog since the Compaq Computer Corp.-Hewlett-Packard merger to 2 million businesses, gleaned from both companies’ databases.
“This is the first major effort we’ve had talking to the small and medium business set …

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September 12, 2002




Knight’s Direct closing City Spirit

CATALOG AGE has learned that multititle mailer Knight’s Direct, which mails the Home Decorators Collection and Soft Surroundings books, will discontinue mailing its women’s apparel catalog City Spirit at the end of the year.
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September 11, 2002




Blair Signs Agreement with Procter & Gamble

Warren, PA-base apparel and home decor cataloger Blair Corp. has forged a marketing pact with Procter & Gamble’s Tide Fabric Care Network to leverage each brand between its customer bases.
Blair wants to reach new consumers by promoting its clothing and …

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September 11, 2002




Annual Revenue Down 2.3% at Neiman Marcus

The Neiman Marcus Group (NYSE: NMG.A), which mails the Horchow, Neiman Marcus , and Chef’s Catalog titles , said fourth quarter revenue for the period ended Aug. 3, increased 5% to $666 million, compared with $636 million last year. Net earnings were $5 million, compared …

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September 10, 2002




Geerlings & Wade Not Meeting NASDAQ Marketplace Rule

Canton, MA-based wine marketer Geerlings & Wade has been notified by Nasdaq that its stock may be delisted for noncompliance with a marketplace rule.
The cataloger’s common stock has closed below the minimum $1 per share requirement for continued listing on the …

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September 9, 2002




Snoopy Parent Revives Garfield Catalog

CATALOG AGE has learned that Longmont, CO-based Concepts Direct is spearheading the relaunch of the Garfield Stuff catalog. In the early summer, the multititle mailer struck an agreement with licensing studio Paws, which owns the Garfield trademark, in which Concepts …

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September 6, 2002




Amazon.com hosts Office Depot site

On Sept. 6, Amazon.com launched its latest alliance, hosting a store on its Website for office products superstore retailer Office Depot. The Seattle-based Amazon already hosts Web stores for Target, J&R Music World, and Toys ‘r’ Us, among others. …

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September 6, 2002




USPS posts promising financials but makes no rate promises

In its monthly meeting on Sept. 5-6, the U.S. Postal Service told its Board of Governors (BOG) that it expects revenue to grow 6% in fiscal 2003, to $70.4 billion from $66.5 billion for fiscal 2002. The Postal Service also boasted that it was …

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September 6, 2002




USPS proposes flexible-pricing tests

The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors (BOG) on Sept. 6 put its money where its mouth has been. The BOG said it had approved the filing with the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) for two flexible pricing initiatives designed to …

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September 6, 2002




Net Loss Narrows at Leaner J. Crew

New York-based apparel cataloger/retailer J. Crew said second quarter revenue for the period ended Aug. 3 totaled $167.6 million, down slightly from $167.9 million last year. Net sales in J. Crew’s Direct business increased 1.5% for the period, while comparable store sales decreased 11.4%. …

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