4 Consumer Stock Stories to Create a Weekend Buzz

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT): Closing price $77.28

The giant retailer is so worked up over keeping its shelves stocked that it is considering a proposal to link executive compensation to the matter, and has also asked an outside auditor to inform employees which items to focus on by covering domestic stores with neon green dots. Earlier in 2013, Bloomberg News reported that Wal-Mart was having difficulty keeping its stores stocked as it reduced the number of workers per store, costing sales, and putting off frustrated shoppers. In April, consulting firm Acosta began the green-dot project in stores after previously conducting shelf audits without telling workers which items to restock.

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Delhaize Group (NYSE:DEG): Closing price $64.63

The Belgian grocer Delhaize hopes to divest two of its American units as it continues to slash costs in the region, said two inside sources, who went on to say that the Food Lion parent has recruited Lazard Ltd to sell its Harveys and Sweetbay supermarket businesses. Chief Executive Pierre-Olivier Beckers reported that the company was exploring options for the units, but would not comment directly as to whether advisors had been chosen to conduct the sale.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Closing price $14.78

When it ceases its auto-making in Australia in 2016, Ford will eliminate 1,200 jobs there, but another casualty will be the iconic Falcon, which for decades has been exclusively made exclusively in Australia, and during its recent generations has become the envy of some American enthusiasts of rear-wheel drive cars. Chief Executive, Ford Australia Bob Graziano told The Sydney Morning Herald that “The Falcon name is inextricably linked to Australia and being produced here. We will retire that name when we retire that vehicle.”

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Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE): Closing price $20.96

On June 19th Sony will issue $1.5 billion in five-year bonds to ordinary Japanese investors, it said on Friday. Out of that, $1.1 billion is earmarked for paying down existing debt, with the rest for capital investment. The company is endeavoring to boost its financial position as it restructures under Chief Executive Kaz Hirai.

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