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Getting Out of A Ticket
A man in his 40's bought a new BMW and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up.
As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him.
"There's no way they can catch a BMW," he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100.... Then the reality of the situation hit him. "What the hell am I doing?" he thought and pulled over.
The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. 
"It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday the 13th. I don't feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go."
The guy thinks for a second and says, "Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back."
"Have a nice weekend," said the officer.

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    Pat Pascal stands next to the bridal and spa wear by 
Frances  Ph: 212-685-0864

In the Carole Hochman booth, Emily Davis and Debbi 
                   Potoff smile for the camera.     

Joanna Hulak of French Cancan sits with Veronique Lemesle
             and Marie Leutz of Veronique Lemesle             

In the Levante booth, Patty Flynn is busy working with 

   Sherry Blodgett is surrounded by bridal lingerie by 
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The T. Santiago team: Anis, modeling T. Santiago, Nilda
Arena, Pat Larkin, Jordan Betten.

In the Sheandme booth, Mitra Sanai and Shirin Azad smile 
             for the camera.

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Men's Underwear Earns
A team of Swedish high school students has won a national award for its invention -- men's underwear with pockets for condom storage.
The three young men -- who founded the company Sooner Than Already There -- were given the national Young Enterprise award at a ceremony in Stockholm.
The students said they have sold 350 pairs of the underwear, which they designed to help combat unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
"A little mistake can have major consequences. It's important to have a condom at the ready when it's needed. It's no use if it's in your jacket pocket," said Nick Larsson, one of the students who received the award.
Larsson and his partners said they are working on a possible deal to get their product into stores.
"We're going to focus on this for a year instead of going to college," said another member of the group, Michael Simby.
The men said their next step is to create women's underwear with similar pockets for condoms.

April Retailers' Sales Review
Abercrombie & Fitch reported net sales of $241.0m for the month, an 18% increase over net sales in April last year. It same-store sales increased 6%.
Aéropostale said its total net sales increased 39% to $104.9m for the month. The company's April same-store sales increased 25%, compared to a same-store sales decrease of 14% in the year ago period.
American Apparel
reported that sales increased 27% over the year ago period, while same-store sales increased 17% in April.
American Eagle Outfitters said its April sales increased 15% to $197.7m, compared to the four weeks in 2007. Its same-store sales increased 2% for the month, compared to a 10% decrease for the same period last year.
The Bon-Ton Stores
announced same-store sales for April down 0.9% compared to the prior year period. Total sales for the four weeks decreased 1.3% to $209.2m, the company said.
The Cato Corporation
reported sales of $69.4m for the four week period, an 8% increase over last year's period. Same-store sales for the month increased 5%.
s said its same-store sales fell 4% in April, with total sales for period dropping 3%.
Gap reported net sales of $1.10bn for the four-week April period, which was an increase of 1% as compared with the same period last year. The company's same-store sales for April 2008 decreased 6% compared with a 16% decrease for April 2007.
Hot Topic said its April sales were up 1.4% on last year's month, to $44.8m. Same-store sales, meanwhile, were down 2.5%.
JC Penney Company saw its same-store sales decrease 1.7% during the month, while total sales rose 0.9% to $1.33bn in the four weeks ended May 3.
The Kohl's Corporation
chain said sales for the four-week period increased 12.0% over the same period. On a same-store basis, sales increased 3.5%.
Limited Brands said its same-store sales for April decreased 5% compared to last year's month. The company reported net sales of $577.5m for the four weeks, again compared to April 2007.
Mothers Work announced that net sales for the month of April 2008 decreased 0.3% to $52.2m, while same-store sales increased 2.3%.
Nordstrom reported same-store sales down 3.8% in April, while net sales for the month fell 0.6% to $600m.
Ross Stores said sales for the four weeks ended May 3 increased 15% to $480m, while same-store sales for the month increased 8%.
Saks Incorporated said its sales increased 24.3% to $349.7m for the four weeks ended May 3, while same-store sales increased 23.9% for the April period.
Stein Mart
said its April 2008 sales rose 7.3% to $117.4, while same-store sales also increased, by 3.2%.
Target Corporation said its net retail sales for April increased 9.0% to $4.25bn, while April same-store sales increased 3.1%
The TJX Companies
reported that sales for the four-week period ended 3 May were $1.4bn, up 12% over the prior year period. Its same-store sales for the four-week period increased 8% over last year.
Wal-Mart Stores
reported that April net stores rose 9.8% to $29.2m, while its same-store sales rose 3.2%.
Zumiez said net sales for the month increased 20.0% to $24.2m, compared to last year's month. Its same-store sales increased 4.1% for the four-week April period.

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