February 20, 2002




Consumer still mistrust corporate privacy policies

A Harris Interactive poll released on Feb. 19 shows that most consumers don’t trust companies—online or offline—with their personal information. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed say that independent verification of company privacy policies is the action that would …

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February 20, 2002




Barrie Pace Website keeps apace

Women’s apparel cataloger Barrie Pace has relaunched its Website in a major way. Formerly used solely to liquidate merchandise, the site now sells the company’s full product line at full price.
The Web initiative is part of parent …

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February 19, 2002




Financial reports: Sportsman’s Guide, Sharper Image, BioSource

Sportsman’s Guide Captures Year-End Profit
A 10% rise in sales and a more profitable mailing plan led The Sportsman’s Guide (Nasdaq: SGDE) to end 2001 in the black. For the year ended Dec. 31, the cataloger of outdoor gear and apparel …

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February 19, 2002




USPS, union reach tentative agreement

The U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) have reached a tentative four-year agreement. The union’s nearly 61,000 mail handlers still need to ratify the agreement.
If approved, the contract will run through Nov. 20, 2004, and …

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February 19, 2002




Court dismisses A&F suit

On Feb. 15, the Pennsylvania Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit brought by apparel marketer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) against rival American Eagle alleging that the latter had copied its clothing designs and catalog creative. The decision affirmed a …

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February 19, 2002




TechnoBrands settles FTC charges

Gadgets cataloger TechnoBrands agreed to return about $400,000 to customers to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges. The FTC accused TechnoBrands of making false claims about several of its products, such as the Enforma System for weight loss and the BMI …

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February 15, 2002




Financial reports: Dell, Office Depot, Sport Supply Group, more

Dell Annual Sales, Income Down
Computer manufacturer/cataloger Dell Computer (Nasdaq: DELL) posted a 7% drop in revenue but a 5% rise in net income for its fiscal fourth quarter. For the three months ended Feb. 1, Austin, TX-based Dell reported net income …

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February 14, 2002




Financial reports: Lands’ End, Guitar Center, and more

Lands’ End Raises Guidance
Citing stronger-than-anticipated January sales, Lands’ End (NYSE: LE) said it expects higher earnings for its fiscal year ended Feb. 1 than previously projected. The apparel and home goods catalog estimates that total revenue for fiscal 2001 increased 7% from …

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February 14, 2002




Congressman pushes for postal commission

After five and a half years of failed efforts to pass postal reform legislation, at least one member of Congress has apparently lost hope that the U.S. Postal Service can be saved through traditional congressional means. In a letter …

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February 13, 2002




Federated reconsiders additional Fingerhut books

(Direct Newsline) Federated Department Stores told a union delegation on Monday that it would begin publishing Fingerhut catalogs again if a viable buyer is found. The last catalog was mailed in late January.
“This is the first time they said …

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