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May 17, 2000

* Closely held Leslie's Poolmart Inc. of Chatsworth reported a fiscal second-quarter loss from operations of $16.5 million, on sales of $37.7 million, compared with $14.4 million on sales of $33.4 million a year ago.

* David Murdock, who is seeking to take Los Angeles-based real estate company Castle & Cook private, extended his $17-a-share offer until Friday. Murdock is the company's chief executive and largest shareholder. He made the $212-million all-cash offer March 31 through his wholly owned company, Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. of Kennilworth, N.J. Murdock, through Flexi-Van and its affiliates, already owns a 27% stake in Castle & Cooke. An independent committee of Castle & Cook directors is reviewing the bid, which some analysts have said may be too low.

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