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Business News Roundup, March 21

Gannett has named Joanne Lipman as the editor in chief of USA Today, one of the country’s biggest newspapers. Lipman has been with Gannett since December 2015 and will keep her chief content officer position. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, she founded a Conde Nast business magazine, Portfolio, to much fanfare in 2007, It folded two years later. Target has named a grocery industry veteran to help recharge its sluggish food division. The chain said Monday that Jeff Burt will assume the title of senior vice president of grocery, fresh food and beverage on April 10. Burt was most recently the president of the Fred Meyer division of Kroger and worked at that company for 30 years. Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush. The trade group Airlines for America forecast Monday that a record 145 million U.S. passengers will fly between March 1 and April 30. The group’s chief economist says traffic will rise because airfares have been falling while household wealth and job creation are rising. In South Carolina, 85 percent of the state’s peaches were damaged by two days of temperatures in the 20s. In Georgia, up to 80 percent of the blueberry crop in the southern part of the state was destroyed.

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