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(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. today announced that sales from continuing operations, excluding fuel, increased 4.4% to $40.1 million for the fiscal four-week period ended May 27, 2012, compared to $38.4 million during the same period of the prior year. On a same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales increased 1.8% from a year earlier. Rich Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "May sales were in line with expectations as we continue to see increases in our Hardlines, Commodities and Home divisions. We are experiencing growth in Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Hardware, Candy, Food, and Pet Supplies departments." Wilson continued:

Sierra Trading Post, a closeouts direct marketer based in Wyoming, announces a new director of retail operations, Brent Layton. Under Layton's direction, the company plans to open several retail outlet stores in the U.S. "Although we are a Top 100 Internet retailer, we recognize that 90 percent of consumer sales in the U.S. are handled by brick-and-mortar stores," said Gary Imig, president of Sierra Trading Post. "To build a community of brand enthusiasts and to gain new shoppers and retain existing customers, we plan to expand our retail presence, and Brent Layton is an important component of that plan."

The days of tax-free internet shopping may soon be coming to an abrupt end. Two Republican senators are preparing to introduce new legislation that would allow states to force Amazon.com and other out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes.

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond, Inc. , a leading provider of outdoor recreation equipment, active lifestyle products, and a leading global climbing and freeride ski brand, announces the hiring of Tim Bantle as Director of Apparel. Bantle comes to Black Diamond with a wealth of technical apparel expertise as the former Business Unit Director -- Technical Outerwear and Equipment at Patagonia. "We are extremely excited to have Tim join our team at Black Diamond," states Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond CEO. "His diverse work experience is built upon passion as an athlete and end-user which gives him exactly the sort

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