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Jan. 4, 2013 - In a sign of the times, Andrew Murray Howe V's The Politician's Essential EXCUSE BOOK, reached #1 on the Amazon List of Hot New Releases in Entertainment within a week of being published, briefly passing Tina Fey's Bossypants. The first in his Essential EXCUSE BOOK series, Howe takes a timeless swipe at the (unintentionally) funny things uttered by candidates, supporters and pundits during the life and after-life of a political campaign.

Read more: EXCUSE BOOK for Politicians Hits #1 on Amazon Hot New Releases List

Jan. 4, 2013 - As ads bombarded inboxes and TV sets this holiday season, shoppers were readying their strategies for store visits and purchases. This trend was clear, found in-store analytics leader RetailNext, as sales and traffic were consistently lower than in 2011, while conversion rates and average transaction value (ATV) were higher. At the same time, spending came late in the season, with four of the top five highest sales days falling within 10 days of Christmas and December 22 surpassing even Black Friday to realize the most sales of the season.

Read more: RetailNext Releases 2012 Full Holiday Season Retailer Performance Data; Traffic Down 16.4% and...

Jan. 3, 2013 - Jamba Juice Company today announced the launch of its first kids-focused offerings, the Jamba Kids Meals. The new kids meals were designed in partnership with the Jamba Healthy Living Council, and were informed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate dietary guidelines. They also have the highest whole fruit servings of any leading quick service restaurant kids meal. Each meal contains two and one-half servings of fruits and/or vegetables, a serving of whole grains, and provides an excellent source of protein.

Read more: Jamba Juice Unveils Brand-New Jamba Kids Meals

Jan. 3, 2013 - After a successful launch at Whole Foods Markets in March 2012, Lily's Sweets chocolate bars can now be found nationwide at Wegmans, Earth Fare, Central Market, PCC, Fairway, New Seasons, Natural Grocers, Dierbergs, Lunds & Byerly's, Harris Teeter, Stop and Shop, Oliver's, New Leaf, Andronico's, Rosauers, Lunardi's, Mollie Stone's, and several hundred independent retailers, totaling over 1,200 retail locations. Lily's Sweets is also available online through Amazon and Vitacost.

Read more: Lily's Sweets Announces Nationwide Distribution of its Stevia-Sweetened, Fair Trade Certified...

Jan. 3, 2013 - Parks Associates today announced Lowe's as the exclusive sponsor of the CONNECTIONS Summit networking reception, January 8 at 2013 International CES in Las Vegas. The reception starts at 6:00 p.m. following a full day of sessions addressing connected CE, home systems, tech support, and value-added services. The reception will showcase Lowe's Iris platform and feature networking opportunities to discuss strategies to engage consumers with new home controls and management solutions.

Read more: CONNECTIONS Summit: Lowe's to showcase Iris platform and connected home solutions during...

Jan. 3, 2013 - 7-Eleven, Inc. continues its expansion in the Lone Star state with today's announcement that the company acquired 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket retail locations from C. L. Thomas, Inc. of Victoria, Texas. The acquisition, which closed Dec. 31, increases 7-Eleven stores' footprint in San Antonio, where recently the country's largest convenience retailer purchased 25 stores as part of its acquisition from TETCO, Inc. It also adds to 7-Eleven's growing fuel wholesale-delivery business because the acquisition includes gasoline distribution to approximately 150 dealer-operated sites.

Read more: 7-Eleven, Inc. Acquires 143 New Locations in South Texas from C. L. Thomas

Jan. 3, 2013 - Callaway Golf Company today announced its new line of X Hot Drivers and Fairway Woods, configured for blistering ball speeds and distance gains. Already adopted by some of the longest-hitting players on the worldwide tours, including newly-announced Callaway staff professional Gary Woodland, the new line of X Hot Woods are a result of Callaway R&D designing clubs for the best players in the world, and using optimized design progression and adjustability to make them accessible and high-performing for all players. This collection of hot, distance-promoting drivers and fairway woods will be available at golf shops nationwide starting on January 25, 2013.

Read more: Callaway Golf Releasing Its New X Hot Drivers This Month

Jan. 2, 2013 - StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the release of a new Wireless HD Extender Kit, which enables users to wirelessly transmit a high definition audio and video signal from an HDMI source device to a High-Definition display or projector up to 100 feet (30m) away.

Read more: StarTech.com’s New Wireless HD Extender Kit Enables Wireless High-Definition Connections at...