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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Ross clothing store to fill ex-Toys spot

Staff, news services

Ross Dress for Less is opening a store near Glenbrook Square.

Leasing updates Tuesday from The Zacher Co. show the discount retailer has committed to nearly 24,000 square feet at 4122 Lima Road, the former Toys R Us location that is in Glenbrook Commons shopping center. The landlord is BAI Glenbrook, LLC.

Ross Dress for Less, part of Dublin, California-based Ross Stores, has several Indiana locations, including Elkhart, Mishawaka, Kokomo and Indianapolis, according to its website.

The local store is expected to open in February or March, Steven K. Zacher, president of The Zacher Co., said through email.

Disney Plus has launch issues

Disney's brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success.

The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The problems started a little before 7 a.m., according to downdetector.com, a website that tracks outages. It received more than 8,000 reports of difficulties, mostly with video streaming.

Disney is working to resolve the issue, spokeswoman Karen Hobson said.

The company did not say what caused the problem.

Nissan profits take dive

Japanese automaker Nissan reported Tuesday that its July-September profit tumbled to half of what it earned the year before as sales and brand power crumbled following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan Motor Co.'s fiscal second-quarter profit totaled 59 billion yen ($541 million), down from 130 billion yen in 2018. Quarterly sales slipped nearly 7% to 2.6 trillion yen ($24 billion), falling globally, including in the key U.S., European and Japanese markets.

Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19, 2018. He is out on bail but faces strict limits on activities, including a ban on meeting his wife Carole. It's unclear when his trial might start.

Area internet providers merging

ZipSpider, the Angola-based internet service provider bought in May by Chuck Surack, CEO and founder of Sweetwater Sound, is merging with Lakeland Internet, which was started by Surack in 2017, according to a news release Tuesday.

The internet provider, which will remain based in Angola, serves eight counties in an area that includes northeast Indiana, southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio.

Lufthansa, union in arbitration

Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it has agreed to enter arbitration with a union representing cabin crew workers, averting the possibility of more strikes for the time being.

Lufthansa said Tuesday in a joint statement with the UFO union that recent talks between the two sides had been “constructive” and shown “that we can come to a solution together.”

The union most recently held a two-day strike last week.

4 Volkswagen managers charged

German prosecutors say they have charged four current and former personnel managers at Volkswagen over the payment of allegedly excessive salaries and bonuses to members of the automaker's influential employee council.

Prosecutors in Braunschweig said Tuesday that the four – two former management board members, along with one current and one former senior manager, whom they didn't identify by name – were charged with breach of trust. They are accused of granting five members of the employee council, including its head, excessive salaries and bonuses between 2011 and 2016.


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