August 20, 2002




Walter Drake hoping for bingo

Gifts and housewares cataloger Walter Drake along with its sister home goods title The Home Marketplace has inked a deal with online gaming portal Bingo.com. Winning Bingo.com players will be able to exchange their “bingo bucks” for coupons …

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August 20, 2002




Office Depot puts Australian operations on the block

Less than 10 years after entering the Australian market, office products conglomerate Office Depot, which mails the Viking Office Products catalog, plans to sell its catalog and Internet operations there.
Last year, Office Depot acquired Perth-based contract stationer Sands & McDougall. Viking …

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August 20, 2002




Financial reports: Sharper Image, Concepts Direct, Jos. A. Bank, and more

Sharper Image cuts its 2Q losses
High-tech gadgets cataloger/retailer Sharper Image (Nasdaq: SHRP) reduced its second-quarter net loss to $600,000, a huge improvement over last year’s second-quarter loss of $3.7 million. The San Francisco-based company says that its increasing portion of …

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August 16, 2002




Live from the DMI Co-op: Cerasale Warns of rate hike in 2004

President Bush is expected to appoint a commission to make a recommendation to reform the U.S. Postal Service.
While no definite plans have been set, “The administration is aware that the president and this administration will have to take …

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August 15, 2002




Net Loss at Concepts Direct Widens

Longmont, CO–Multititle cataloger Concepts Direct (Nasdaq: CDIR), which mails the Linda Anderson Collectibles, Snoopy, and Colorful Images catalogs, posted a wider net loss of $3.1 million, compared with a net loss of $1.4 million last year. What’s more, gross profit margin …

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August 15, 2002




Urban Outfitters Net Income Doubles

Philadelphia–Retailer Urban Outfitters (Nasdaq: URBN) which mails the Anthropologie catalog, posted double the net income compared with last year, thanks in part to the Anthropologie book. For the quarter ended July 31, net income increased 98%, to $6.3 million, compared with $3.2 million last …

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August 15, 2002




Amazon, Target Launch Supersite

Seattle-based online bookseller Amazon.com on Aug. 12 went live with an integrated Website offering merchandise from the Target, Marshall Field’s, and Mervyn’s stores, all of which are owned by Target Corp., as well as goods from Amazon. At the same …

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August 15, 2002




July Sales Roundup

July catalog sales for the publicly traded cataloger/retailers tracked by CATALOG AGE melted away like a toddler’s ice cream cone in the summer heat.
Downers Grove, IL-based Spiegel Group, which mails the Eddie Bauer, Newport News, and Spiegel catalogs, …

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August 15, 2002




Sharper Image Reduces 2Q Net loss

San Francisco—High-tech gadgets cataloger/retailer Sharper Image (Nasdaq: SHRP) reduced its second-quarter net loss to $600,000, a huge improvement over last year’s second-quarter loss of $3.7 million. The company says that its increasing portion of proprietary products have allowed it to …

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August 12, 2002




Amazon, Target launch site, Target mails Marshall Field’s catalog

Online bookseller Amazon.com on Aug. 12 went live with an integrated Website offering merchandise from the Target, Marshall Field’s, and Mervyn’s stores, as well as Amazon.com goods. At the same time, Target’s Marshall Field’s unit …

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