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LCB to hold live public auction of store rights

Washington State Liquor Control Board will host a live auction May 24 of the rights for 18 state liquor stores. Following the online auction that ended April 20, top-bidders representing 18 state liquor stores did not pay their posted bid, sacrificing their deposit. Bidders representing 149 state liquor stores have already paid a total of $25.9 million in bid fees to the state.

May 2012

Shoe-maker accused of sketchy advertising settles lawsuit

Reality star Kim Kardashian, fresh from a sweaty workout, decides to dump her personal trainer. “It’s not someone else, it’s something else” said the celebutante in a recent television advertisement. After a gratuitous shot of one of the starlet’s most photographed body parts and a scene of Kardashian glamorously lacing up a pair of Skechers, text on the screen says, “Bye-bye trainer, hello Shape Ups.”

May 2012

Retail, food service sales expected to inch up in April

Retail and food services sales for April totaled $408 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent from the previous month and 6.4 percent above April 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's advance estimates. Total sales for the February through April 2012 period were up 6.6 percent from the same period a year ago. The February to March 2012 percent change was revised from 0.8 percent to 0.7 percent.

May 2012

Distributors preparing for liquor privatization

In order to implement Initiative 1183, Washington’s spirits and wine wholesale distributors are committing more than $100 million in preparation for the advent of spirits privatization – including creating more than 550 full-time jobs to sell, warehouse and deliver spirits and wine.

May 2012

Retail industry feeling upbeat

The U.S. retail real estate industry, boosted by higher consumer spending, experienced a better-than-expected first quarter in 2012, according to Colliers International's Retail Services Group.

May 2012

Maurices to open store at Westfield Capital Mall

Teens and young women looking for the latest fashions will soon have anew choice. Maurices clothing store is scheduled to open May 9 at Westfield Capital Mall in Olympia.

May 2012

Taxable retail sales increased 3%

Taxable retail sales increased 3 percent to $103.8 billion in calendar year 2011, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

But while Pierce County's trade sector saw a slight uptick, its total taxable retail sales from 2010 to 2011 dropped by about 1 percent to roughly $10.5 billion. Thurston County taxable retail sales decreased by 1.23 percent to about $3.75 billion.

April 2012

WSLCB to close 14 state liquor stores Thursday

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will shut down 14 state liquor stores statewide to compensate for store employees leaving for new jobs. The WSLCB analyzed market-areas where closings would occur and identified only stores where there would be minimal disruption.

April 2012
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