• Toys "R" Us, the inventor of chain-store toy discounting, is being run ragged by Wal-Mart.

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  • Dating sites have for the most part always had either a squalid or a chain-store ambience.

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  • Most of the chain-store retail sales numbers out Thursday morning were quite disappointing.

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  • East across town, the streets and squares of the East Village offer magnificent boutique browsing, well away from the chain-store crowds of Broadway.

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  • Businessman Lin Chi-ming, chairman of the board of National Chain-Store, Taiwan's biggest electronic appliance retailer, is undoubtedly the most committed supporter of Back to the Classics.

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  • Chain-store sales in February were the highest since last September.

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  • In the Depression it gave us anti-chain-store legislation.

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  • Indeed, Target sold both Marshall Field's, its own department-store chain, and Mervyn's, a middle-market store chain, earlier this year.

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  • With its selling savvy and clean balance sheet, the 181-store chain posted an impressive 12.8% same-store sales gain over the past year.

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  • The San Diego-based fast-food chain reported its same-store sales fell 0.1% in the second-quarter, down from a year ago increase of 6.4%.

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  • Jere Thompson Jr. had the experience of watching his father and uncle drive the family's 7-Eleven empire -- a worldwide convenience-store chain that his grandfather started with a single Dallas icehouse in 1927 -- into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1990.

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  • The romantic comedy takes on the familiar facile arguments of modern life the pros and cons of e-mail relationships, the chain store behemoth v mom-and-pop shop, the heartless capitalist v the caring children's bookshop owner against the backdrop of an idealised Manhattan, graced by copious helpings of caffelatte, literary parties, and the perkiness of Ms Ryan accompanied by an assortment of children and dogs.

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  • The mid-priced department store chain reported another much larger-than-expected loss in the fiscal fourth quarter on a nearly 30 percent plunge in revenue in the latest sign that shoppers aren't happy with the changes it's made in the past year.

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  • Same-store sales at the front-end of the drugstore chain rose 2.7%, while same-store pharmacy sales rose 1.2%.

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  • In 1946, the Tote'm convenience-store chain extended its hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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  • Just this week, Home Depot announced it would buy Tianjin-based Home Way , a 12-store chain.

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  • So it recruited new customers like the 7-Eleven convenience-store chain and United Parcel Service.

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  • But when they do deck out in Bebe it can mean brisk business for the 104-store chain.

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  • Dayton Hudson, an American department-store chain, discovered that 2.5% of its customers bought 75% of its goods.

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  • The grocery industry also got a shock last year when Yaohan Japan, a 42- store chain, went bust.

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  • Sears plunged 14 percent after the department-store chain reported a steep quarterly loss and slumping sales after the market closed Thursday.

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  • But with the growth of things like Netflix, Redbox and video on demand, the 5, 800-store chain now seems like a dinosaur.

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  • Never pressing too hard but remaining persistent, he would talk about what a great addition Younkers' 50-store chain would be for Proffitt's.

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  • In 1996 Donald took over floundering Pathmark, a privately held, moneylosing 143-store chain with good real estate and a crushing debt load.

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  • As its sales volume sinks at a sickening pace, the 63-store chain is scrambling to be everything to anyone with spare cash.

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  • In the past year since Johnson rolled out his plan, though, even once loyal customers have strayed away from the 1, 100-store chain.

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  • Penney slid 3.59, or 17%, to 17.57, after the department-store chain late Wednesday reported a wider-than-expected fourth-quarter loss and revenue that fell short of expectations.

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  • The latest financials offered little hope for the 338-store chain.

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  • Joel Kotkin, of Pepperdine University, points out that today not a single major bank, department-store chain or telecoms company calls the nation's second-largest city its home.

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  • Before Holbrooke was sworn in, Helms asked the White House to appoint an alternate U.N. delegate: Irwin Belk, a feisty North Carolina buddy who heads a department-store chain.

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