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November 03, 2011

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. sales decrease 10 percent

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. reported Thursday that for the four-week month ending Oct. 29, total sales decreased 10.2 percent. Total sales decreased 10.4 percent to $192 million for the four weeks compared with $214.2 million for the prior-year …
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November 03, 2011

Briggs & Stratton acquires Indian manufacturer

Briggs & Stratton Corp. has acquired Premier Power Equipments and Products Private Ltd., which has headquarters in Tamil Nadu, India, for about $3 million in cash.The transaction closed Nov. 2.Premier is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of …
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November 03, 2011

Earnings for Master Lock’s parent fall

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. reported that third-quarter net income fell nearly 27 percent due in large part to a continued slowdown in the housing market.Deerfield, Ill.-based Fortune (NYSE: FBHS) had net income of $20.1 million, or 13 cents …
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November 03, 2011

Kohl's sales increase for October

Kohls Corp. reported Thursday that for the four-week month ended Oct. 29 total sales increased 5.6 percent and comparable store sales increased 3.9 percent over the same time period in 2010.Year-to-date, total sales increased 3.5 percent and …
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November 03, 2011

Kohl's wins, Summerfest upset in Brand Madness

Kohls held off a challenge in its second-round match in The Business Journals Brand Madness, but Summerfest was not so lucky as the popular summer music festival was upset.Marcus Theatres upset Summerfest in a hotly contested battle, grabbing 66 …
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November 02, 2011

Brookings: Milwaukee ninth-poorest city in America

The city of Milwaukee ranks ninth in the nation for extreme poverty, according to a new national study from the Brookings Institution.As poverty in America spreads, it has since 2000 become more concentrated in extremely poor neighborhoods -- …
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November 02, 2011

Roadrunner Transportation’s revenue, earnings rise

Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. reported Wednesday that third-quarter net income rose 64 percent to $7.2 million, or 23 cents per share, compared with $4.4 million, or 14 cents per share, for the same period last year.Cudahy-based Roadrunner …
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November 02, 2011

Hearing scheduled on Milwaukee streetcar plan

Federal officials are reviewing Milwaukees environmental assessment for the downtown streetcar project and will collect public comments on the plan until Dec. 2.If the Federal Transit Administration signs off on the final streetcar study, city …
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November 02, 2011

Miller Genuine Draft shifting to black-label packaging

Miller Genuine Draft is "back in black," so proclaims the press release that arrived on my desk on Wednesday.In short, MillerCoors LLC is unveiling a new look for Miller Genuine Draft primary and secondary packaging.The Chicago-based beer brewer, …
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November 02, 2011

Building cleanup for Milwaukee Marriott could begin this month

Interior abatement could begin at the end of November on downtown Milwaukee buildings that will be mostly demolished to make way for a new Marriott hotel.The new 200-room Marriott would replace aging buildings around the corner of East Wisconsin …
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November 02, 2011

CPM Marketing of Madison to merge with HealthGrades

CPM Marketing Group Inc., a Madison-based customer relationship-management service for hospitals, plans to merge with online medical ratings company Health Grades Inc. of Denver.Denver-based Health Grades which uses the HealthGrades brand and CPM …
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November 02, 2011

Birchwood Best acquired by Masonite Corp.

Birchwood Best, a producer of commercial and architectural wood flush door skins and hardwood plywood with two plants in northwestern Wisconsin, has been purchased by Masonite Corp.Birchwood Best has about 240 employees at its main facility in …
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