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Medifast, Inc. To Announce Financial Results For The Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2014 »

October 24, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Medifast Weight Control Centers
Medifast Weight Control Centers Opportunities Available

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss products and programs, will announce financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after market close. The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results with additional comments and details. Participants from the Company will be Michael C. MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, and Margaret Sheetz, President and Chief Operating Officer.
The conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on November 5, 2014. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet hosted at the Investor Relations section of Medifast's website at www...

Easyhome Ltd. Announces Timing Of Third Quarter 2014 Conference Call And Webcast »

October 24, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: easyhome

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2014) - easyhome Ltd. (TSX:EH), ("easyhome" or the "Company"), the Canadian leader in providing goods and financial services to the cash and credit constrained consumer, will hold a conference call with shareholders, analysts and portfolio managers on Friday, November 7, 2014. A Press Release will be issued after the market closes on Thursday, November 6, 2014.



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Aaron's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results »

October 24, 2014 at 6:18AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.


Total Revenues of $707.6 Million
Net Earnings of $9.3 Million; Diluted EPS of $.13
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS of $.39 Excluding Special Charges
Progressive Continues to Exceed Expectations
Executing on Strategic Cost Initiatives

ATLANTA - Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced revenues and earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.
For the third quarter of 2014, revenues increased 32% to $707.6 million compared to $537.2 million for the same period in 2013. Net earnings were $9.3 million versus $21.1 million a year ago...

Flip Flop Shops® Adds Authentic Birkenstock Brand »

October 24, 2014 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Flip Flop Shops

Rapidly rising retail chain devoted exclusively to flip flops and casual footwear steps up product selection with Birkenstock styles.
October 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - Flip Flop Shops®, one of the fastest growing global retail chains, continues to make strides as a casual footwear industry leader with the introduction of Birkenstock to its retail brand selection. As an approved retailer for Birkenstock USA, LP, shoppers will soon be able to pick up Birkenstock's iconic slides and sandals at select Flip Flop Shops' domestic locations.
Being selected as a Birkenstock retail partner marks a major step for Flip Flop Shops, which has become a predominant sales force in the casual footwear industry over the last decade...

LED Source Selected To Host Florida Governor Rick Scott »

October 23, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT | Source: LED Source

Over 30 elected officials, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and 200 VIP's to attend Gov. Scott's final speech on Green Tech, Job Creation and Getting Florida Back To Work.
October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // WELLINGTON, FL – LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in commercial LED lighting applications, is pleased to announce it has been selected to host incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott's final stop on the campaign trail prior to the 2014 gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014. (www.rickscottforflorida.com).
More than 200 VIP's and 30 elected officials, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, will attend the last and largest scheduled 'Get out the Early Vote Bus Tour' with Governor Rick Scott on Monday, October 27th at 7:30am...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increased Sales And Earnings For The Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2014 »

October 23, 2014 at 6:14AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop


Consolidated comparable store sales increase 0.8% following a 6.4% increase in the 2013 third quarter
Retail gross margin expands 360 basis points to 43.7% from 40.1% in the 2013 third quarter
Net income of $1.8 million compares to a net loss of $1.4 million in the 2013 third quarter, an increase of $3.2 million
Earnings per diluted share improve to $0.10, or $0.15 excluding $0.05 per diluted share in management transition and store closing expenses

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal third quarter and first thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2014...

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Partners With Macy's, Inc. To Open Shop-in-Shop Locations For The Holiday Season »

October 23, 2014 at 5:59AM PDT | Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Five Interactive Shop-in-Shop Locations to be Added Within Leading Macy's Stores
ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 23, 2014 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today announced a strategic partnership with Macy's, Inc. (NYSE: M) to open licensed shop-in-shop locations in select major markets in anticipation of the 2014 holiday season. Build-A-Bear Workshop® will bring its emotional, interactive retail experience to Macy's rich heritage and storied holiday tradition with the opening of five locations within leading Macy's retail stores including Herald Square in New York City. Build-A-Bear will also be showcased in Macy's famed Santaland® at select stores and will again feature a themed float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®...

Massage Heights Introduces 90-Minute Facials »

October 23, 2014 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: Massage Heights
Massage Heights Opportunities Available

Company launches extended services to help Guests elevate skin care and take a bigger step to whole body health.
San Antonio, TX - October 23, 2014 - (PR.com) - Your face says a lot about you, where you’ve been, how you are feeling, your age and most importantly it shares your whole body’s health. The old saying really is true, "it’s written all over your face." And being that your face is one of the first things people notice, what will that first impression tell them? Regular facials offer a variety of health benefits such as increasing circulation, reversing the signs of aging and hydrating and removing environmental impurities. Committed to providing Members and Guests with the best overall health and well-being, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, will begin offering 90-minute facials on November 3, 2014...

VOM FASS Named To Inc. Magazine's List Of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies »

October 23, 2014 at 3:50AM PDT | Source: VOM FASS

October 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON, Wis. - Inc. magazine announced today the ranking of VOM FASS USA on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent entrepreneurs.
"To be included among such successful companies is a great honor," said Justin Gibson, the CEO of Madison-based VOM FASS USA. "It's a testament to the hard work of our team this year and the incredible growth of our franchise movement – by the end of 2014, we'll have 25 stores in 15 different states."
The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc...

Pinot's Palette To Host Nationwide Fundraiser Benefitting The National Breast Cancer Foundation »

October 22, 2014 at 10:16AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

October 22, 2014 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON - Pinot's Palette, the fast-growing paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, will host its a national fundraising event Friday, Nov. 7 benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF).
During the evening event, all Pinot's Palette studios nationwide will donate a minimum of $15 per seat reservation to NBCF. Several Pinot's Palette studios plan to donate even more contributions to NBCF.
Pinot's Palette President and Co-Founder Charles Willis says the partnership with NBCF is just one more way the company is giving back to the community through its "Painting It Forward" program.
"When planning this national fundraising effort, it was an easy decision on which cause it needed to be," said Charles Willis, Co-Founder and President of Pinot's Palette...

GapKids Launches Limited-Edition Collection With Kate Spade New York And Jack Spade »

October 21, 2014 at 8:55AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

Continuing Gap's trend of like-minded designer collaborations for GapKids and a first foray for the Kate Spade & Company brands into childrenswear.
NEW YORK - Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Gap is thrilled to launch kate spade new york and Jack Spade for GapKids, a limited-edition girls' and boys' apparel and accessories collection for Holiday 2014. This marks kate spade new york and Jack Spade's first foray into childrenswear as well as the first time the Kate Spade & Company brands will partner together.
Launching in select Gap stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Japan and on gap.com on October 30th, the childrenswear collection, which will be available for two weeks only, embraces child-like imagination with festive and whimsical styles in toddler and kids sizing...

Edible Arrangements® Adds New Franchise Revenue Channels »

October 21, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Edible Arrangements

Category Originator and Global Leader Announces Innovative Partnerships With Military, Higher Education
WALLINGFORD, CT - (Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Edible Arrangements®, the world's largest franchisor of stores offering fresh-cut fruit arrangements and other fruit products, is expanding into two exciting new markets - military bases and universities. Plus, it is pursuing similar initiatives at other high traffic locations throughout the U.S.
This November, Fort Bragg, NC, home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations and one of the largest military complexes in the world, will become home to the first on-base Edible Arrangements store. Earlier this Fall, Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, became the first university to own an Edible Arrangements store...

Planet Beach Saudi Arabia Hosts Valuable Breast Cancer Event »

October 21, 2014 at 7:08AM PDT | Source: Planet Beach
Planet Beach   Opportunities Available

October 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Planet Beach Saudi Arabia hosted an event on October 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to honor survivors.
Planet Beach Saudi Arabia blanketed itself in pink, as they recognized breast cancer survivors and their families. Several area sponsors provided decorations and food to those in attendance.
"After last year's success, we decided to enlarge the festivities," said Planet Beach's Azhar Al-Fagih, who organized the event and handles daily operations for the spa. "We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Fadwa Alnahdi from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health speak at the event on the importance of early examination. We also hosted Dr...

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 21, 2014 at 5:28AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

Total Revenues Increased 2.0%Consolidated Same Store Sales Increased 1.9%Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.48
PLANO, Texas - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 20, 2014 - Rent-A-Center, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII), the nation's largest rent-to-own operator, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.
Third Quarter 2014 Results
Total revenues were $769.5 million, an increase of $14.7 million from total revenues of $754.8 million for the same period in the prior year. This 2.0% increase in total revenues was primarily due to increases of approximately $36.6 million in the Acceptance Now segment and approximately $6.9 million in the Mexico segment, partially offset by a decrease of approximately $29...

New Wireless Zone® Franchise Owners Find Success In Wisconsin »

October 20, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT | Source: Wireless Zone® Franchise

Two friends, and first time business owners, open successful Wireless Zone® franchise in Portage
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // PORTAGE, Wis. – Wireless Zone®, the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retail franchisor, is celebrating the success of new franchise owners Matthew Williams and Eric Reynolds and their new store in Portage, Wisconsin. Already making a name for themselves in the industry and Portage community, Williams and Reynolds are achieving record-breaking numbers in their first five months of business.
"Being able to open a Wireless Zone store in Portage and have incredible success in the first few months has been a very rewarding experience," said Williams. "We have worked extremely hard to build a strong foundation, and the local community has been very supportive of the new store...

Community Invited To Art Van Furniture Ribbon Cutting At Mishawaka, Indiana Store October 28 »

October 20, 2014 at 7:51AM PDT | Source: Art Van Furniture

Former family-owned Sofa Select is first Art Van Furniture franchise location outside of Michigan
WARREN, Mich., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Don't "mish" it! Art Van Furniture, the Midwest's No. 1 furniture and mattress retailer, is hosting an official ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Mishawaka, Indiana store on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. The former Sofa Select store, located at 5946 North Grape Road near the University Park Mall, is owned by Tom and Rose Eslinger. Members of Art Van Furniture's leadership team will be in attendance as well as local dignitaries. The event is open to the public.
This is Art Van Furniture's first franchise location outside of its home state of Michigan. It currently has seven Michigan franchise locations in Alpena, Mount Pleasant, Midland, Marquette, Sault Sainte Marie, Owosso and Gaylord, with two additional franchises set to open in the state in 2014...

FASTSIGNS® Helps Independent Owners Thrive, Maximize New Channels For Growth »

October 20, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: FASTSIGNS
FASTSIGNS Opportunities Available

Leading Signage & Visual Graphics Franchisor Exhibits at 2014 SGIA Expo to Share Success with Independent Owners through Company's Co-Brand and Conversion Franchise Programs
October 20, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - Though more businesses are investing in effective signage and visual graphics, many of today's independent sign and print shop owners are not maximizing their businesses' true potential due to lack of support in key areas, such as marketing and technology advancements. FASTSIGNS International Inc. - the worldwide franchisor of more than 560 FASTSIGNS® sign, graphics and visual communications centers in eight countries - recognizes these challenges and provides the necessary resources through its Co-Brand or Conversion franchise programs for independent owners to thrive...

Giant Tiger Is A Proud Supporter Of The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society Of Canada's Light The Night Walk 2014 »

October 20, 2014 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Giant Tiger Stores Limited is pleased to announce the success of Giant Tiger's recent across the East Coast campaign to raise funds and awareness for the Light the Night Walk. This donation of $10,000 represents proceeds from September 2nd until October 6th.
During the Round Up Campaign, Giant Tiger cashiers asked customers if they would be interested in rounding up to the nearest dollar. The amount donated goes directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Giant Tiger Stores in Halifax and Dartmouth were both key supporters.
"Giant Tiger is proud to give back to the communities we call home," said Scott Gouthro of Giant Tiger's Halifax and Dartmouth. "I am so proud of all of the Giant Tiger stores and customers throughout the East Coast who came together to make this monumental donation a reality...

Snap-on Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 16, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: Snap-on Tools

Diluted EPS of $1.76 increases 23.1%;Operating earnings before financial services of 16.2% of sales improves 140 basis points; Sales of $806.3 million up 7.0%
KENOSHA, Wis. - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the third quarter of 2014.

Sales of $806.3 million increased $53.1 million, or 7.0%, from 2013 levels; excluding $5.6 million of acquisition-related sales and $0.7 million of favorable foreign currency translation, organic sales increased 6.2%.
Operating earnings before financial services of $130...

Gap Inc. Approves $500 Million Share Repurchase Authorization »

October 16, 2014 at 6:54AM PDT | Source: Gap Inc

SAN FRANCISCO - October 16, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new $500 million share repurchase authorization for the company's common stock, reinforcing the company's commitment to returning excess cash to shareholders.
The new $500 million repurchase program for Gap Inc.'s stock follows the company's previous $1 billion share repurchase program.
"Through the end of the second quarter, we're pleased to have distributed about $800 million in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases," said Sabrina Simmons, EVP and chief financial officer, Gap Inc. "The additional authorization to repurchase stock underscores management and the board's continued confidence in our long-term strategy...



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