Business Briefs, April 9

Casual Male Retail Group (NASDAQ: CMRG), retail brand operator of Casual Male XL, Rochester Big and Tall, LivingXL and ShoesXL, opened a new store in Clackamas April 3. The new Casual Male XL store is the fourth store in the Portland area and will be located in Clackamas Promenade on 8862 S.E. Sunnyside Road.

'The Portland area is an important market for us and we are excited about continuing to expand here, now bringing our fifth Casual Male XL store to the area,' said David Levin, President and CEO of CMRG. 'With a wide selection of apparel, a variety of quality name brands and a keen insight into our customers' needs, Casual Male XL strives to be the best and most comprehensive resource for big and tall men's fashion.'

According to the NPD Group, a New York-based consumer and retail market-research firm, the U.S. men's big and tall apparel industry is a nearly $6 billion market. Casual Male XL caters to men starting at size XL, with waistlines 40-inches and up, and specializes in clothing sizes XL to 6XL and XLT to 5XLT.

PGE pays out $5.3 million to Clackamas County cities for 2008 privilige fees

Fourteen Clackamas County cities recently received checks from Portland General Electric (PGE). The cash represents money from annual franchise fees and privilege taxes PGE pays a city government for the right to operate within the municipality for the calendar year. This year's payments to Clackamas County cities total $5,288,233.40.

'As an Oregon-headquartered company, we recognize that franchise fees are a critical part of many city budgets,' said Carol Dillin, vice president of public policy at PGE. 'These payments are an important way PGE supports city services while working to provide residents and businesses with safe and reliable power.'

The amount PGE pays a city ranges from 3.5 to 5 percent of the annual gross revenue earned within that city and depends on whether a privilege tax in addition to the franchise fee was adopted. For 2008, PGE is presenting 52 Oregon cities with checks totaling more than $45 million. Checks are presented to government representatives during March.

The following cities in Clackamas County received payments in 2008:

Barlow $4,302.16

Damascus $198,962.50

Estacada $95,685.91

Gladstone $237,919.62

Happy Valley $252,334.81

Johnson City $11,711.63

Lake Oswego $1,046,052.98

Milwaukie $1,018,554.93

Molalla $169,620.04

Oregon City $705,813.84*

Rivergrove $5,725.83

Sandy $183,762.77

West Linn $546,387.12

Wilsonville $811,399.26

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