Personnel Updates:

Dollar General Corporation announced that Susan Lanigan, Exec VP and General Counsel, has retired from the company.  Ms. Lanigan has been replaced by Senior VP and General Counsel, Rhonda Taylor.

Dollar General announced that Senior Director of Store Services Geoffrey Wigner has left the company to become its Exec VP of Facilities.for SMS Assist, a leading technology-driven facilities maintenance and management company.

Hain Celestial announced that Exec VP and CFO Ira Lamel has retired from the company.  Mr. Lamel has been succeeded in his position by Stephen J. Smith.

Staples has promoted John Buchta to VP, Treasurer and Tax.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced that Annette Guarisco will join the association as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs.

Walmart has appointed Kathleen McLaughlin as President of the Walmart Foundation


Financial Focus:

Costco Wholesale Corporation announced its operating results for the 52-week fiscal year 2013 ended September 1, 2013.  Net sales for the 52-week fiscal year 2013 were $102.87 billion, an increase of six percent from $97.06 billion in the prior 53-week fiscal year.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. reported record earnings results for year ended August 31, 2013. Total net sales for fiscal 2013 increased 11.4% to $10.4 billion compared with total net sales of $9.3 billion in fiscal 2012.


Industry Insight:

The Container Store filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public stock offering.

The Container Store expects to open six stores during the current fiscal year and seven stores next year.

Costco plans to open up to an additional 11 new warehouses before the end of calendar year 2013.

Dollar General has opened its 11,000th store, further distinguishing the company as the retailer with the most stores in the United States.

Family Dollar announced that the company expects approximately 525 new store openings and 80 store closings for the coming fiscal year 2014.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. opened its 8,000th store.