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Essendant Inc. (NASDAQ: ESND), Deerfield, IL, reported sales for the first quarter of $1.26 billion, down 6.2 percent from the prior-year quarter. The company reported a loss of 188.6 million, down from a gain of $16.5 million a year ago.
For the first quarter, technology products sales decreased 13 percent to $306.4 million; jan-san sales decreased 8.5 percent to $334.4 million; industrial sales increased 7.3 percent to $146.7 million; and automotive sales decreased 0.8 percent to $78.8 million.
Essendant also announced that Janet Zelenka has been appointed CFO, effective May 26, 2017. Zelenka will succeed Earl Shanks who will be retiring from Essendant.