- LEAD JEWELRY SETTLEMENTS: New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo reached settlements on Wednesday with Michaels Stores Inc., Big Lots and a 10 smaller stores and suppliers found to be selling children's jewelry containing unsafe levels of lead. The investigation prompted the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue six recall notices, covering more than 35 products and 500,000 pieces. Michaels also agreed to require vendors to certify their compliance with state and federal safety laws. Cuomo's office tested jewelry bought in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, New York City and on Long Island and found about half of the items contained excessive amounts of lead.

- BODY SHOP MOVES: The Body Shop International will soon have a new head. Adrian Bellamy, the L'Oréal-owned beauty company's chairman, will retire in March, Body Shop said in a statement Friday. Current Body Shop chief executive Peter Saunders will take on the roll of chairman. Sophie Gasperment, who has been managing director of L'Oréal's U.K. and Ireland subsidiary for four years, will become Body Shop's chief executive in June.

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