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London’s Selfridges named 'best department store in the world'. The Global Department Store Summit in Paris announced the winner, amongst the finalists, Macy’s of the United States and Woolworth’s of Australia. This is the second time in a row Selfridges has won the award and will retain the title till 2014. (source

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO earned $48 million in 2011. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Chief Executive Michael Jefferies' compensation package more than doubled last year, to $48 million, according to a proxy filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Jefferies, who also holds the position of chairman at the teen retailer, received a base salary of $1.5 million, the same as the prior year. His stock option awards and stock appreciation rights were $43 million, compared with $14 million the prior year. Jefferies' nonequity incentive plan compensation, or the cash part of his bonus, was $1.2 million. The prior year, Jefferies received $23 million in total compensation. (source

Dick's Sporting Goods profit up 53%. Dick's Sporting Goods Inc reported quarterly results that comfortably beat Wall Street estimates, helped by stronger sales at its online business and Golf Galaxy stores. First-quarter net income rose to $57.2 million, Net sales rose 15 percent to $1.3 billion, same store sales increasing 8.4 percent. Same-store sales at Golf Galaxy stores rose 12.6 percent, while eCommerce sales jumped 33.4 percent. (source

Wikipedia has issued a warning to its many millions of daily visitors that if they are seeing commercial advertisements on its webpages, that it may be an indication of a malware infection on the user's computer. Philippe Beaudette of Wikipedia said that you won’t be seeing legitimate advertisements on Wikipedia. "We never run ads on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is funded by more than a million donors, who give an average donation of less than 30 dollars. We’re here to distribute the sum of human knowledge to everyone on the planet — ad-free, forever." (source

Saks Earnings Rise 13%. Sak’s sales rose to $32.1 million verses $28.4 last year. (source

H&M store count is up by 13%, but same store sales drop in April 10%. H&M operates 2,549 stores around the world, but believe unfavorable weather and a negative calendar effect were the causes for the sales decline. (source

Moscow Shopping Mall collapse. Seven people so far have been rescued from the Michurinsky Shopping Center in Western Moscow. A 150 square meter section of wall and roof caved in this morning. No information on fatalities at this time. (source

Two men hold up an internet café but forgot to log out of Facebook. The two suspects surfed the internet for a while at an internet café in Cali, Columbia, and then instead of paying for the computer time, they held up the store at gun point and got away on a stolen motorcycle. The Manager of the café was able to show Police the identity of the suspect, because he failed to log off of his Facebook account. The suspect has been arrested. (source

Shoplifter arrested on charges of kidnapping, assault and robbery after a theft at a 99 Cent Only store goes terribly wrong. An Associate witnessed Patterson take an item, she told a fellow associate who followed the suspect to his truck. Fearing that Patterson was going to drive over her, the Associate jumped into the back of the truck, which left the parking lot, speeding down the road. The Associate was found unhurt and waiting for police next to Patterson’s truck, he had run away, but was later apprehended. (source

The $9,000 milk heist. An employee terminated for theft comes back three times to the distribution center, making off with nearly $10,000 in dairy products, sold on the black market. Peter Mark Gillard, 51, has pleaded guilty to three charges of burglary and one charge of theft in relation to the theft of more than 2,000 two-litre bottles of milk from a distribution depot in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. (source

Arrested for Theft of Service? Rent a Center and Laredo, Texas Police track down a client who stopped making payments on $6,000 worth of electronics and furniture. (source

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videoGangs Move from Drugs To ID Theft. Miami Street gangs moving into white collar crime, all they need is your social security number. Undercover agent takes down one 18 year old with nearly $60,000 in bogus U.S. Treasury checks. Stiffer penalties for drug trafficking makes this new venture even more desirable. Money made from the bogus check scams are being used to increase purchasing power of drug traffickers and increasing the fire power with more weapons being purchased for protection. (source

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Research Report: Axis Communications Now Number One Global Surveillance Camera Provider Even When Including Analog Products

IMS Research indicates that the all-IP company has strengthen leading market position; Network camera sales forecasted to account for 60% worldwide by 2016


CHELMSFORD, Mass. – May 15, 2012 – Axis Communications, the world leader in network video surveillance, today announces that it has overtaken the number one global manufacturer position for all surveillance cameras – including IP-based and analog providers – according to the latest IMS Research report*.

Since inventing the world’s first IP-based video camera in 1996, Axis has been ranked number one as the recognized surveillance market leader in the category of network cameras – however, in last year’s report citing 2010, Axis was ranked third overall for surveillance camera manufacturers when including providers of both analog and digital cameras. The most recent IMS report indicates that Axis is now the leading provider in the overall surveillance cameras category, even though the company only sells IP-based video products.

"The video surveillance industry – despite the impression often painted on TV and in the movies – is one of the last holdouts to fully embrace the digital age," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, North America, Axis Communications. "But the fact that an all-IP provider is now the number one manufacturer of all surveillance cameras worldwide is a sure fire sign that the analog to digital shift in video surveillance is upon us. The numbers for the North American market are even more promising."

"The report confirms our own estimates of gained market shares last year, where we presented a growth of 33 percent," said Ray Mauritsson, president & CEO, Axis Communications. "We further strengthened our position by continuing our strategy, which is based on the three cornerstones: launch of innovative network video products, a well-developed partner network and global expansion."

According to IMS Research, network camera sales are forecast to account for approximately 60 percent of total worldwide surveillance camera sales by 2016, compared to approximately 40 percent in 2011.

"In line with our own predictions, IMS Research forecasts strong, long term growth for network video products with an average yearly growth of 25 percent in the coming years," continued Mauritsson.

*The 2012 edition of the annual IMS Research report, "The World Market for CCTV & Video Surveillance Equipment," is based on reported data for 2011 and contains comprehensive information on all vendors providing analog and digital video surveillance equipment, such as cameras, recording solutions and video encoders.

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