WAL-MART LABOR RULING: The United Food & Commercial Workers Union lost an appeal of a Labor Board decision refusing permission to organize a store in Cranbrook, British Columbia. The British Columbia Supreme Court upheld the board's rejection of the union's petition, ruling, "The board neither denied the applicant a fair hearing nor considered matters not properly before it." Wal-Mart has been fighting unionization efforts across Canada. It lost a bid last month to stop a union at a store in Saskatchewan. Two Wal-Marts in Quebec have gained union certification, and one of them is being challenged in court by the company. Wal-Mart closed the first Canadian store to be unionized, also in Quebec, in April 2005.

VF CHANGES: Giorgio Presca has taken over as president of VF Corp.'s international jeanswear business, replacing Aidan O'Meara, who was appointed to the new position of president of VF Asia-Pacific. Presca is a 17-year apparel industry veteran, having most recently served as general manager for Diesel. He will report to Karl Heinz Salzburger, president of VF Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and be responsible for growing the company's denim brands in those regions.

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