Archives for February 4, 2011

Pentax teaming up with singer Bonnie Pink for limited edition Kr DSLR

Pentax Kr - Bonnie Pink limited edition

Pentax Kr - Bonnie Pink limited edition

Pentax has teamed up with Japanese pop star Bonnie Pink to offer a limited-edition Kr DSLR, “PENTAX Kr BONNIE PINK MODEL”, to be sold exclusively at Pentakkusuonrainshoppu.

The Pentax site said the Bonnie Pink model features the singers logo upon start up and will feature one-of-a-kind camouflage grip. The 100-piece limited edition features a Bonnie Pink-themed smc PENTAX-DA L18-55 F3.5-5.6AL lens. Shoppers may reserve the camera now, from Feb. 14-28, and, if orders exceed the 100 quantity, a lotter will be held March 14.

The price is 89,800 yen (tax included), and will come in a gift box.

Fujifilm continues support for troops

Fujifilm Holdings North America Corp., Valhalla, N.Y., announced its online photofinishing site, Fujifilm SeeHere.com, in conjunction with its continued sponsorship of Homes For Our Troops, has rallied employees of the Greenwood, S.C.-based  Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc. plant to participate in the three-day Build Brigade to begin construction of a specially-adapted home in Seneca, S.C. in the Lake Keowee region for injured Marine Chief Warrant Officer-3 Jeffrey Pcola. Marine CWO3 Pcola suffered spinal and internal injuries and a broken neck while commanding 24-hour reconnaissance operations in Iraq. Homes For Our Troops and its team of volunteers will break ground on CWO3 Pcola’s new home today. Fujifilm employees have volunteered for the Build Brigade, and Fujifilm will provide food and beverages for all volunteers pitching in throughout the three-day project. Fujifilm will also present a donation of $21,570 to Homes For Our Troops at the Build Brigade kick-off ceremony, which is in addition to more than $125,000 the company has already donated. The new donation comes as result of Fujifilm’s digital camera “Military Appreciation Bundle” sold at various military bases across the country over the past year.

Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Taunton, MA, and founded by John Gonsalves in 2004 to benefit severely injured Veterans and service members.

Zoran reports results

Zoran Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif., reported results for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010. Fourth-quarter revenues, which includes Microtune revenues subsequent to the closing of the acquisition on Nov. 30, 2010 of $5.4 million, were $74.2 million, compared to $99.3 million last quarter and $93.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The company reported a fourth quarter GAAP net loss of $32.9 million, which compares with a GAAP net loss of $4.1 million, for the previous quarter and GAAP net loss of $2.9 million, for the fourth quarter of the prior year. Non-GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter, including the impact of Microtune, was $15.2 million, which excludes $398 thousand of amortization of acquired intangible assets, $2.4 million of restructuring expenses, $2.1 million of acquisition related expenses, $1.1 million related to shareholder consent revocation activities, $3.3 million of stock-based compensation expenses, and includes an adjustment of $8.4 million for the tax provision to a non-GAAP rate.

For the full year ended Dec. 31, 2010, revenues were $357.3 million, compared to $380.1 million for 2009. GAAP net loss for 2010 was $47.6 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $33.0 million for the prior year. Non-GAAP net loss for 2010 was $21.5 million, compared with a non-GAAP net loss of $12.7 million for 2009.

“We believe our fourth quarter 2010 results validate the execution of the ongoing restructuring plan initiated by Zoran in the third quarter,” says Dr. Levy Gerzberg, president and CEO, Zoran. “We are confident that we have the right strategic plan in place to deliver a return to sustainable and profitable growth in 2011.

“In 2010 digital camera revenues grew 44 percent over 2009,” adds Gerzberg. “We are increasing our market share and enhancing our position as we broaden our addressable markets with new applications such as digital video camcorders, video surveillance, and video conferencing. Printer Imaging continues to gain momentum and revenues from Imaging hardware grew 45 percent as our investments in SoC solutions for laser technology pay off. In addition, as a result of the actions we took to restructure our DVD business, we expect it to be profitable each quarter of 2011.”

BJ’s Wholesale Club reports January comparable sales level

BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., Westborough, Mass., reported January 2011 sales increased by 6.5 percent to $779.8 million from $732.5 million in January 2010. Comparable club sales for January 2011 increased by 2.7 percent, including a contribution from sales of gasoline of 2.4 percent%. Excluding the impact of gasoline, merchandise comparable club sales increased by approximately 0.3 percent. Severe snow storms affecting the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions had a negative impact on merchandise comparable club sales of approximately 2.5 percent.

For the fourth quarter ended January 29, 2011, total sales increased by 7.3 percent to $2.9 billion from $2.7 billion last year, and comparable club sales increased by 3.8 percent, including a contribution from sales of gasoline of 2.1%. Excluding gasoline, merchandise comparable club sales increased by 1.7 percent. For the fourth quarter ended January 30, 2010, comparable club sales increased by 4.6 percent. For the year ended January 29, 2011, total sales increased by 8.3 percent to $10.6 billion from $9.8 billion last year, and comparable club sales increased by 4.4 percent, including a contribution from sales of gasoline of 2.0 percent.

OmegaBrandess announces Phottix U.S. distribution

OmegaBrandess, Hampstead, Md., announced it is their exclusive U.S. photo channel distribution for Phottix branded camera accessories. OmegaBrandess will immediately carry the Hector live view remote, the Strato wireless flash and shutter trigger, the TR-90 Intervolameter, the Duo universal TTL cable and more.