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Yahoo!

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said the company's Yahoo!Shopping division posted strong sales during the Thanksgiving weekend. The company said shopping increased more than 75% from the same weekend a year ago. Video game consoles, electronics and computers were among the most popular products prospective shoppers were searching for over the weekend, Yahoo! said.

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Amazon.com

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said Friday that holiday sales seemed to be getting back to normal. According to what the company calls the Holiday Delight-O-Meter, customers have ordered more than 8.9 million items since Nov. 9. The Delight-O-Meter tracks the approximate number of items ordered from Amazon.com's sites worldwide, including sites that Amazon.com operates in conjunction with third parties.

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items and DVD players were among the more popular items shoppers were after, the company said.

Panera Bread

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said system-wide comparable bakery-cafe sales increased 5.9% for the four weeks ended Nov. 3. Same-store sales at company-owned shops rose 6%.

Pier 1 Imports

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forecast third-quarter earnings of 21 cents to 23 cents a share. Analysts are looking for income of 20 cents. Extrapolating from sales through the Thanksgiving weekend, the company expects same-store sales to rise 6% to 8% in November.

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Bausch & Lomb

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said the Food and Drug Administration approved the company's PureVision contact lenses, which users can wear continuously for up to 30 days.

Intel

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said its researchers have developed a transistor structure and new materials that represent a dramatic improvement in transistor speed, power efficiency and heat reduction.

Ecolab

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will pay German chemical company Henkel $445 million in cash for Henkel's 50% interest in their Henkel-Ecolab joint venture. Ecolab's purchase, expected to close on Nov. 30, will be financed through the issuance of 60-day prepayable notes to Henkel.

Oakley

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said a California court granted the company a temporary restraining order that prevents

Luxottica

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from selling certain sunglasses with green or blue lenses. Oakley filed a patent infringement suit against Luxottica Nov. 6. The companies have been at odds for months, since Luxottica acquired Sunglass Hut, which had been a big distributor of Oakley's products.