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January 05, 2012

Fiserv files patent suit vs. Fidelity National

Fiserv Inc. has sued one of its primary competitors, Fidelity National Information Services, alleging patent infringement.Brookfield-based Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV) said Thursday afternoon its subsidiaries CheckFree Corp. and CashEdge Inc. filed the …
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January 05, 2012

Williams-Sonoma closing at Bayshore

Williams-Sonoma Inc. will close its shop at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale on Jan. 15, mall general manager Chris Jaeger said.The upscale retailer of kitchen, bath and other home goods couldnt come to an agreement on renewing the lease, he said in …
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January 05, 2012

December sales are mixed bag for retailers

Retailers are reporting mixed results for December sales, though sales overall appear to have risen during the all-important Christmas month.Earlier today, I reported that Kohls Corp. and The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. both reported slight decreases in …
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January 05, 2012

Ditter named CEO of Pieper Electric parent

PPC Partners Inc., the Milwaukee parent of electrical contractor Pieper Electric Inc., has named Jim Ditter as its new chief executive officer.Ditter joined the company in August 2010 and, one year ago, became chief operating officer of PPC Partners …
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January 05, 2012

AirTran fined for violating price advertising rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday fined AirTran Airways $60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel.U.S. Department of Transportation rules require any advertising that …
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January 05, 2012

Macy's December sales jumped 6%

Christmas was merry and bright for Macys Inc., which reported same-store sales increased 6.2 percent in December.Same-store sales, a key measure for retailers, include sales at stores open at least a year. On a total sales basis, Macys (NYSE: M) …
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January 05, 2012

WWBIC receives $20,000 grant

The Wisconsin Womens Business Initiative Corp. has received a $20,000 grant to help fund its micro-lending operations, according to a news release.The grant is from the Create Jobs for USA Fund, a collaboration between Starbucks Coffee Co. and …
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January 05, 2012

Brancel set to lead trade mission to Vietnam

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel will make the state of Wisconsins first trade visit to Vietnam January 7-14.Brancel and Jennifer Lu, a DATCP economic development consultant, will travel to Ho …
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January 04, 2012

Chefs series returns at Marcus Corp.

Marcus Corp. is bringing back its chefs series for a winter rendition after a successful fall session.The winter series highlights everything from shellfish to tropical cooking. And of course, theres a session on cooking for the big game the day …
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January 04, 2012

Badger Meter’s Meeusen tells Racine Co. he’s no 'music man'

Rich Meeusen wants to make it clear that the company he leads has no intention of adding to Racine Countys unemployment woes.The CEO of Brown Deer-based Badger Meter Inc. told several local government officials who gathered at Racine Federated Inc.s …
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January 04, 2012

Mason Wells acquires Texas meat producer

Mason Wells, a Milwaukee private equity firm, announced Wednesday that it has closed on an acquisition of Eddy Packing Co., a diversified processor of beef, pork and poultry products based in Yoakum, Texas.The business will be owned by Mason Wells, …
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January 04, 2012

Clifton Gunderson, LarsonAllen deal complete

The planned merger of Wauwatosa accounting firm Clifton Gunderson LLP and Minneapolis accounting firm LarsonAllen LLP has been completed, forming CliftonLarsonAllen.The merger, terms of which have not been disclosed, creates a new top 10 accounting …
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