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In wake of storm, Lowe’s donates more to Red Cross

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In wake of the recent severe weather spanning from Alabama to Virginia, which has caused hundreds of fatalities and overwhelming destruction, Lowe’s said it will donate an additional $500,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

"Hundreds have lost their lives and thousands have lost their homes and are displaced due to the severe storms across the Southeast," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman and CEO. "Because of the widespread devastation, Lowe’s is committed to helping our customers, employees and the family and friends of those affected."

On April 19, Lowe’s donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross in honor of the employees at the damaged Lowe’s store in Sanford, N.C., and to aid in disaster relief nationwide. Lowe’s has now contributed a total of $750,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

Lowe’s stores nationwide will continue to accept customer donations to the American Red Cross through May 22. 

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Sears CEO says company is on the mend

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The Chicago Tribune reported Sears Holdings Corp. CEO Louis D’Ambrosio supplied a strong dose of optimism at the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based retailer’s annual meeting, the day after the company warned of falling sales.

Ahead of the meeting, the company reported a same-store sales decline of 3.6% for its fiscal first quarter, which included a 1.6% decrease at its Kmart stores and a 5.2% decrease at its Sears Domestic stores. According to the company, the comps decline was driven by poor performances in appliances, apparel and consumer electronics. The decline was offset by strong performances in home, sporting goods, jewelry and footwear.

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RILA hires former AMA lobbyist

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The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has hired Christine Pollack as its new VP government relations, focusing on healthcare policy and serving as one of RILA’s lead advocates on core retail industry priorities.

Pollack previously served as assistant director of congressional affairs for the American Medical Association (AMA), where she was a central figure in the debate on healthcare reform. Prior to joining the AMA in 2007, Pollack served as legislative director for Congressman Clay Shaw (R-FL), overseeing healthcare, tax and social security policy for the senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. Earlier in her career, Pollack served as a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and as senior legislative assistant for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-IA).

Based in Arlington, Va., RILA is a trade association representing more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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