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House Judiciary Committee approves legislation allowing negotiation of merchant fees

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House is moving to mandate that credit-card companies negotiate the fees they charge merchants for electronic transactions, escalating an intense battle between the credit-card industry and retailers, said the Associated Press. A bill—H.R. 5546, the Credit Card Fair Fee Act—...

Another smaller-format grocery contender emerges to encroach on convenience channel

MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Jewel-Osco, a leading Midwest food and drug retailer, said that it will open a 16,000-square-foot store in Chicago's Lincoln Park community. The "Urban Fresh, by Jewel" store is scheduled to open this fall and is designed as "a specialty grocery store catering to the unique...

"Extremely challenging" quarter in U.S. leads to more then 50% decline in profits

LAVAL, Quebec -- Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. reported a 53.6% decline in fourth-quarter profit, precipitated mostly by lower U.S. motor fuel margins. Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2008 were $15.5 million (8 cents per share on a diluted basis) compared with $33.4 million (16 cents per...

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