Gander goes retro; plus Xcel will gauge greenhouse impact, Target to change website

Gander Mountain is going retro. The outdoor retailer’s fall catalog will sport a look similar to its 1960s catalogs, some of which are now collectors’ items. It’ll be the store’s first catalog since 1996. A legal dispute with Cabella’s over catalog rights was recently resolved with a judge’s ruling in Gander Mountain’s favor. The St. Paul company, meanwhile, announced disappointing summer sales results on Wednesday. Consumers are apparently cutting back on expensive toys. All-terrain-vehicle sales were down 60 percent from a year ago. 
  
Xcel Energy will try to better explain what global warming might mean for its bottom line. The Minnesota utility is the first in the nation to comply with a request by New York’s attorney general for more detailed reporting on the impact of greenhouse-gas regulations. McCain and Obama both support carbon regulation schemes that would likely increase the cost of generating electricity from fossil fuels (WSJ, Strib, PiPress).

Target.com will be more accessible to people who are visually impaired by next year, the company said yesterday. The commitment is part of a $6 million settlement with the National Federation for the Blind. The organization alleged in a lawsuit that the retailer discriminated by making its website incompatible with screen-reading software. Target said it will make changes by February 2009. The federation is working with Amazon.com on similar issues. 

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