KOHL’S TAPS CAPUANO: Kohl’s Department Stores said Chris Capuano joined the retailer as executive vice president, general merchandise manager for home and footwear. She reports to president Kevin Mansell. For the past eight years, Capuano served as senior vice president of home at Federated Merchandising Group, a unit of Federated Department Stores. Prior to that, Capuano was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of home textiles at Macy’s.

WAL-MART STORM IMPACT: In Wal-Mart’s weekly sales call, the world’s largest retailer said while 70 stores were impacted by Hurricane Ivan for the period ended Sept. 18, same-store sales “are currently tracking to be up in the 2 to 4 percent range for the September period.” The company said hurricanes “are events which affect the timing of sales, but are in the end mildly accretive to sales.” The company said the Southeast and West performed the best last week with higher average sales tickets driving results. “The mid-month paycheck cycle was pronounced this past week at a level similar to what we have seen in prior months,” he firm said adding that by segment, the strongest categories for the U.S. “include bedding, electronics, food, pet supplies, and sporting goods.”

This story first appeared in the September 20, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.