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Private-label helping Japanese c-stores thrive in tough economy; wallet phone push

TOKYO -- In baking heat and a cooling economy, Japan's convenience storesoften a bellwether for U.S. storesare thriving as depressed consumers stock up on cigarettes and cold drinks, reported The Wall Street Journal. But analysts say the strength of sales in the country's many "conbinis" in July,...

Refiner-marketer expanding management to handle new operations, growth

DALLAS -- Alon USA Energy Inc. said yesterday that is board has approved immediate changes to the company's organizational structure to better manage its expanded operations and planned initiatives, as well as to prepare for additional growth opportunities. The changes include the promotion of...

Integrated oil company closing 42 of 76 Wal-Mart joint-venture gas stations

SAN ANTONIO -- Tesoro Corp. shut down operations at 42 of its Mirastar gas stations outside Wal-Mart stores late last week. Another 34 Mirastar sites—part of a joint venture between Tesoro and Wal-Mart—will continue to operate. "We had 76 Mirastar locations that we began with Wal-Mart in 2000,"...

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