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Global Axcess to acquire Tejas Video

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A provider of self-service kiosk solutions has inked a definitive agreement to acquire an operator of unattended DVD rental kiosks.

Global Axcess said it expects to close its acquisition of Tejas Video, which operates more than 260 kiosk locations in the United States, by the end of the month. The acquisition would increase Global Axcess’ deployed DVD rental kiosks to include more than 600 locations, the company said. Tejas Video’s primary contract is with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for DVD rental kiosks, which currently includes 250 kiosks deployed at 220 locations on more than 70 military bases.

Terms of the agreement, while currently undisclosed, included a cash payment at deal closing, an additional cash payment within 120 days after deal close and restricted shares of common stock. Terms also included an earn-out opportunity if certain performance milestones are achieved on additional kiosks deployed in locations currently without a DVD kiosk.

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Sales slide continues at Walmart as profit goal is met

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. Weak sales trends continued at Walmart’s U.S. stores division during the third quarter as same-store sales declined 1.3%; however, the company managed to meet analysts’ third-quarter earnings per share target of 90 cents.

 

Inclusion of a five cents a share tax benefit resulted in third-quarter earnings per share of 95 cents and caused the company to raise the full-year profit forecast to a range of $4.08 to $4.12 from $3.95 to $4.05.

 

 

Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke said the company performed well in the third quarter and delivered solid earnings growth for shareholders.

 

 

“Our company now has delivered four consecutive quarter of operating expense leverage, and we continue to grow operating income faster than sales,” Duke said.

 

 

Operating income during the quarter grew 3.1% to $5.6 billion while sales increased 2.6% to slightly more than $101 billion.

 

 

Sales at the U.S. stores division were essentially flat at $62.2 billion, while operating profits increased 1.9% to $4.4 billion. The 1.3% comp decline at the U.S. division marked the sixth consecutive quarter of declining comps, and Walmart left open the possibility of a fourth-quarter decline by offering a guidance range of negative 1% to plus 2%.

 

 

Internationally, sales on a constant currency basis increased 7.9% to $26.6 billion, and operating profits increased 12.4% to $1.2 billion. Including favorable currency benefits, sales increased 9.3% to $26.9 billion, and profit increased 13.5% to $1.223 billion.

 

Sales at Sam’s Club increased 2.7% to $12.1 billion, while operating profits declined 7.1% to $367 million, and same-store sales, excluding the favorable impact of rising fuel prices, increased 2.4%.

 

“Our international business continues to deliver impressive results, with sales up more than 9%,” Duke said. “We are also pleased with the ongoing sales momentum at Sam’s Club and expect that momentum to continue in the fourth quarter. Our Walmart U.S. business is on the right track with third-quarter comps sales with guidance and operating income growing faster than sales.”

 

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Eagle Pack named sponsor of 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

BY Allison Cerra

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A natural pet food brand has been named the official dog food of an upcoming sled dog race.

Eagle Pack said it would sponsor the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which runs from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. As the official dog food sponsor, Eagle Pack will supply food along the trail, and will dedicate funds to the health and care of the Iditarod dogs.

Al Townshend, Eagle Pack’s staff veterinarian and a former recipient of the Iditarod’s Golden Stethoscope Award for ultimate canine caregiving, knows firsthand what mushers on the trail need to keep all the dogs in top shape. "Eagle Pack’s high-quality, performance-proven formula has been developed with canine athletes and quality breeders. This has helped us make better foods for all dogs, not just those that require exceptional nutrition, and resulted in our gaining an advanced understanding of a dog’s true needs," he said.

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