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Monday P.M. Report

Best Buy to sell Barnes & Noble’s e-reader: Best Buy will begin selling Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader on April 18. Until now, New York-based Barnes & Noble has only sold the product at its own bookstores and online. Richfield-based Best Buy will have exclusive rights to sell the e-reader, which competes with’s Kindle device and Apple’s iPad. Best Buy also sells the iPad.  Read full story

Deluxe buys custom check maker for $98 million: Deluxe Corp. has bought a maker of custom-printed checks for $98 million, the company announced today. The company’s acquisition of Custom Direct Inc. will add $60 million to Shoreview-based Deluxe’s revenue for 2010. Custom Direct, based in Joppa, Md., makes custom checks under several brand names, including LifeChecks and Check Crafters. It largely targets consumers. Read full story

Upsher-Smith licenses rights to epilepsy drug: Upsher-smith Laboratories has signed a deal for rights to develop and market a drug for treating epilepsy. Maple Grove-based Upsher inked the agreement with British biotech firm Priximagen Neuroscience. The drug, Tonabersate, is still under development and doesn’t yet have regulatory approval. The drug is expected to enter phase-three clinical trials this year. Read full story

Delta down in annual quality report: Delta Air Lines dropped two positions to 15th place in the annual national Airline Quality Rating for 2009. The rating of the top 18 airlines is a joint research project funded as part of faculty research activities at Purdue University and Wichita State University. Read full story

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