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CBL Associate Honored
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. announced Monday that Heidi Cardall, senior director - specialty retail, has been chosen as the Specialty Retail Director of the Year by Specialty Retail Report. The honor was bestowed on Cardall at the SPREE Conference (Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo), the world’s largest event for the cart, kiosk and temporary retail industry held in Las Vegas, NV. Candidates are nominated by their peers with the winner selected by a panel of judges based on overall achievement in the specialty retail industry. In addition to the award, she was also inducted into the Specialty Retail Hall of Fame.
“Heidi is hardworking, conscientious, and loyal and we are pleased that her many achievements were recognized with this award,” said Jeff Gregerson, vice president of specialty leasing for CBL. “Her efforts have contributed to the expansion of the CBL’s specialty retail program into a major source of revenue and growth for the Company. We are glad to have her on the CBL specialty retail team.”
Cardall began her career in shopping center Specialty Retail leasing and sales management in 1987 and joined CBL in 1998 as director of specialty retail. She was promoted to senior director – specialty retail in 2008 where she focuses on strategic specialty retail plan development, retail leasing and negotiating, training and education; Retail Merchandising Unit (RMU) design, visual merchandising and sales.
Specialty retail carts debuted at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace more than 30 years ago. Since then, the specialty retail industry has grown to embrace carts, kiosks, RMUs and inline stores, growing into a $12 billion industry.
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MUMBAI, India (AP) -- Asian stocks mostly rose today, buoyed by a third all-time high on a key Wall Street index this week and signs that China will follow up on pledges to further open the world's No. 2 economy,
Investors have been encouraged by this week's meeting of China's top legislative body which pledged to advance Communist Party plans issued in November for promoting market forces and domestic consumption in Asia's economic engine.
The gains in Asian markets followed a mostly positive day on Wall Street after a report showed the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months.
The focus in the U.S. is now on today's release of the February employment report. The payrolls data often set the market mood for a week or two.
European markets stabilized Thursday as tensions in Ukraine eased while the euro surged after traders reined in expectations of further easing measures from the European Central Bank.
Benchmark crude oil rose to near $102 a barrel. The dollar weakened against the yen and rose against the euro.
ECONOMY-THE DAY AHEAD
Major business and economic reports due out today
WASHINGTON -- Investors are anxious to see the Labor Department's employment data for February. The report comes out this morning.
Also today, the Commerce Department will release January's international trade data this morning; and the Federal Reserve will release consumer credit data for January this afternoon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed the Federal Aviation Administration's only fine against a commercial drone user.
The judge ruled that the small drone was no different than a model aircraft. The decision drone industry out of the skies.
Patrick Geraghty, a National Transportation Safety Board administrative law judge, said in his order dismissing the $10,000 fine that the FAA has no regulations governing model aircraft flights or for classifying model aircraft as an unmanned aircraft.
FAA officials said they were reviewing the decision and had no further comment. The agency can appeal the decision to the full five-member safety board.
The FAA levied the fine against aerial photographer Raphael Pirker for flying the small drone near the University of Virginia to make a commercial video in October 2011. Pirker appealed the fine to the safety board, which hears challenges to FAA decisions.
FAA officials have long taken the position that the agency regulates access to the national airspace, and therefore it has the power to bar drone flights, even when the drone weighs no more than a few pounds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man Newsweek claims is the founder of Bitcoin denies he had anything to do with the digital currency.
In an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press Dorian S. Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of Bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago.
Reached at his home in Temple City, Calif., Nakamoto acknowledged that many of the details in Newsweek's report are correct, including that he once worked for a defense contractor. But he strongly disputes the magazine's assertion that he is "the face behind Bitcoin."
Since Bitcoin's birth in 2009, the currency's creator has remained a mystery. The person --or people-- behind its founding have been known only as "Satoshi Nakamoto," which many observers believed to be a pseudonym.
Albertsons parent Cerberus to buy Safeway
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) - Safeway says it has agreed to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains.
The acquisition is worth about $7.64 billion in cash, and pending other transactions could top more than $9 billion.
It comes amid ongoing consolidation in the supermarket industry, which is facing growing competition from big-box retailers, specialty chains, drug stores and even dollar stores. Cerberus bought five chains including Albertson's and Jewel-Osco from Supervalu Inc. last year. Kroger Co. also recently snapped up regional chain Harris Teeter.
Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash. Pending other deals, the company says the deal is worth roughly $40 per share to stockholders.
H&R Block's 3Q loss widens on lower revenue
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- H&R Block Inc. says its loss swelled about a dozen-fold in its fiscal third quarter, as the tax preparer's revenue fell sharply because of a delayed start to this year's tax season.
A partial-government shutdown last fall prompted the Internal Revenue Service to put off the start of this year's tax filing season until Jan. 31, nearly two weeks after it was originally slated to begin.
In the 10 months ended Feb. 28, the company said the number of H&R Block-assisted tax returns totaled 7.82 million, a decline of 9.1 percent from a year earlier, the company said.
Block said its third-quarter results are not indicative of the company's expected full-year performance, noting it expects to book the majority of its revenue and fiscal 2014 earnings in the February-April quarter.
All told, the company reported a loss of $214.7 million, or 78 cents per share, for the three months ended Jan. 31. That compares with a loss of $17.7 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue tumbled about 57 percent to $199.8 million from $472 million.
DALLAS (AP) -- Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers.
Starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown.
Delta on Thursday released charts showing how many miles you'll need to earn a free trip. That's a key piece of information for SkyMiles customers that Delta had planned to hold back until late this year.
Delta is leaving the number of miles a frequent flier needs unchanged on many trips. In some cases, it's lowering the miles needed.
BEIJING (AP) -- Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator have announced plans for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
Lagerfeld and the Sociedade de Jogos de Macau says the 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the tourist enclave in southern China.
In a joint statement, Lagerfeld says, "An entire hotel designed by me. It's the first time for me!"
The hotel will be part of a complex of casinos, restaurants and shopping.
Lagerfeld is chief designer for the Chanel and Fendi fashion houses and also has his own label. In addition to clothing, he has designed a can for Diet Coke.
PFIZER-EFFEXOR XR RECALL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pfizer is recalling some lots of its antidepressant Effexor XR because a single capsule of a different medication was found in one bottle of the drug.
Pfizer is recalling two production lots of Effexor XR capsules and one lot of generic Effexor, or venlafaxine, sold by its Greenstone subsidiary. The company says a pharmacist reported that one bottle of Effexor XR contained a capsule of Tikosyn, a treatment for irregular heartbeat.
Pfizer described the recall as a precaution, saying it hasn't received any other reports and that it believes there is a very low probability that there are Tikosyn capsules in other bottles of Effexor XR.
The New York drugmaker says customers, including pharmacies, hospitals, government agencies, and distributors, are being informed about the recall. It says patients who have a recalled bottle should contact their physicians.
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