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April 11, 2014

After 40 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets’ VP distribution Richard Schuler announced his decision to retire, effective May 2.

LAKELAND, Fla. — After 40 years of dedicated service, Publix Super Markets’ VP distribution Richard Schuler announced his decision to retire, effective May 2.  

April 11, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports.

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports. 

President Obama accepted the resignation this week and intends to announce that he will nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. A formal announcement is expected Friday, according to reports. 

April 11, 2014

Spring 2014 will be marked as a watershed moment for Rite Aid — it's the season Rite Aid officially transitioned from an operation on the turnaround to a renewed and recharged entity positioned for future growth.

"Fiscal 2014 was far more than just another great year for Rite Aid," John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO, shared with analysts Thursday morning. "Because of our continued positive momentum, we are now in a position to evolve our strategy from one that focuses on turning our company around to one that emphasizes growth. Because of the rapid change taking place throughout the healthcare industry, we believe there is enormous opportunity to meet evolving marketplace needs, better serve our customers and demonstrate our value to the healthcare system. In many ways, we feel as though we're beginning a new chapter here at Rite Aid as we look to further expand our healthcare offerings and strengthen the many wellness offerings that have driven our recent success."

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Spring 2014 will be marked as a watershed moment for Rite Aid — it's the season Rite Aid officially transitioned from an operation on the turnaround to a renewed and recharged entity positioned for future growth.

April 11, 2014

Safeway was selected to receive the 2014 Military Officers Association of America's Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals or organizations for their strong support of national defense and the uniformed service community, the company announced Thursday.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway was selected to receive the 2014 Military Officers Association of America's Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals or organizations for their strong support of national defense and the uniformed service community, the company announced Thursday. The company was recognized by MOAA for its "outstanding support as an employer of Guard and Reserve members and veterans."

April 11, 2014

Safeway on Thursday announced the receipt of a request for additional information and documents from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with the FTC's review of the Safeway/Albertson's merger.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday announced the receipt of a request for additional information and documents from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with the FTC's review of the Safeway/Albertson's merger. 

The second request extends the waiting period imposed by the Hart−Scott−Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Safeway and Albertsons have substantially complied with the second request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC. 

 

April 11, 2014

Total U.S. retail sales during 2013 reportedly reached $4.5 trillion, a 4.2% increase from $4.4 billion in 2012. According to new data from EMarketer, e-commerce sales of $263.3 billion, up 16.9% from $225.3 billion the prior year, helped drive overall retail sales growth.

NEW YORK — Total U.S. retail sales during 2013 reportedly reached $4.5 trillion, a 4.2% increase from $4.4 billion in 2012. According to new data from EMarketer, e-commerce sales of $263.3 billion, up 16.9% from $225.3 billion the prior year, helped drive overall retail sales growth.

Non-e-commerce sales totaled about $4.3 billion, a 3.5% increase from $4.12 billion in 2012. In 2014, EMarketer predicts that e-commerce sales in rhe U.S. will grow 15.5% to total $304.1 billion, or 6.4% of total retail sales of $4.73 billion.

April 11, 2014

Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Parkinson's Unity Walk on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign, "CommUNITY: Carrying the PD Torch," to support Parkinson's disease patients during Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April.

FRAZER, Pa. — Teva Pharmaceuticals and the Parkinson's Unity Walk on Friday announced the launch of a public awareness campaign, "CommUNITY: Carrying the PD Torch," to support Parkinson's disease patients during Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in April. The campaign aims to empower patients to set their goals and work to achieve them by uniting the community and encouraging patients in their PD journey.

April 11, 2014

The Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of four new summer-inspired fragrances, which feature notes of fruit and coconut.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of four summer-inspired fragrances, which feature notes of fruit and coconut. Consumers can choose from Margarita Time, Coconut and Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Vanilla and Sea Coral.

The company also announced the limited-edition Fiesta Collection, which features three vivid colors and fruit fragrances. The collection is comprised of Pineapple and Red Berry Sangria, Caramelized Sugar and Coconut Lime.

April 10, 2014

Ambi, a beauty brand for women of color, is expanding its portfolio with the new Ambi Advanced 5% Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment and Ambi Even & Clear Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths.

NEW YORK — Ambi, a beauty brand for women of color, is expanding its portfolio with the new Ambi Advanced 5% Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment and Ambi Even & Clear Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths.

April 10, 2014

Costco announced on Thursday that its March sales increased 8% to $10.43 billion.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco announced on Thursday that its March sales increased 8% to $10.43 billion.

This year's five-week period, ended April 6, included 35 days of sales compared to 34 last year, reflecting the timing of Easter. This calendar shift positively impacted this year's net and comparable sales by an estimated 1 to 1.5%, the company stated.

During March, same-store sales rose 6% in the United States. For the total company, same-store sales increased 5% during that period.

April 10, 2014

Prescription drug trend grew 3.8% in 2013, driven by significant price inflation for traditional brand drugs, specialty drugs and generics, as well as an increase in utilization as members filled more prescriptions in the slowly improving economy, according to the findings of CVS Caremark’s annual "Insights" report released on Thursday.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Prescription drug trend grew 3.8% in 2013, driven by significant price inflation for traditional brand drugs, specialty drugs and generics, as well as an increase in utilization as members filled more prescriptions in the slowly improving economy, according to the findings of CVS Caremark’s annual "Insights" report released on Thursday. This compares with 2012, which experienced nearly flat growth at 0.1%.

April 10, 2014

Dole is adding more greens to its portfolio in the form of Dole Power Up Greens, a new line of packaged greens that the company said will give consumers a nutritious option to use in recipes, from smoothies to stir-fry dishes.

MONTEREY, Calif. — Dole is adding more greens to its portfolio in the form of Dole Power Up Greens, a new line of packaged greens that the company said will give consumers a nutritious option to use in recipes, from smoothies to stir-fry dishes.

April 10, 2014

Family Dollar Stores on Thursday reported that for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended March 1, net sales totaled $2.7 billion, representing a decline of 6.1%.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores on Thursday reported that for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended March 1, net sales totaled $2.7 billion, representing a decline of 6.1%. Earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $0.80 as compared to $1.21 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013. 

Comparable store sales for the 13-week period decreased 3.8% as a result of decreased customer transactions, partially offset by an increase in the average customer transaction value.

April 10, 2014

QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

SUSSEX, Wis. — QuadMed, a provider of onsite, near site and shared site employer-sponsored health-and-wellness solutions, has appointed Sue Buettner as president, succeeding Tim Dickman, who is leaving the company.

April 10, 2014

Fred's Super Dollar on Wednesday reported sales of $191.2 million, up 1%, for the five-week fiscal month of March ended April 5, 2014.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred's Super Dollar on Wednesday reported sales of $191.2 million, up 1%, for the five-week fiscal month of March ended April 5, 2014.

Comparable store sales for the month decreased 1.2% compared with a decrease of 3% in the prior-year period.

April 10, 2014

Lupin announced that it received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for pioglitazone tablets USP in 15-mg, 30-mg and 45-mg strengths.

MUMBAI and BALTIMORE — Lupin announced that it received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for pioglitazone tablets USP in 15-mg, 30-mg and 45-mg strengths. The product is the generic version of Actos tablets from Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

The drug is used an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with Type 2 diabetes. Actos tablets had annual sales in the United States of approximately $236 million as of December 2013, according to IMS MAT data. 

 

April 10, 2014

SanaSana.com, which is positioned as the first consumer goods online retailer catering to U.S. Hispanic women, has launched to help the estimated 10.2 million orphaned children in Latin America.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — SanaSana.com, which is positioned as the first consumer goods online retailer catering to U.S. Hispanic women, has launched to help the estimated 10.2 million orphaned children in Latin America.

As the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, the Hispanic market's buying power is estimated to reach $1.5 trillion by 2015.

April 10, 2014

Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid on Thursday announced it has acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics. RediClinic currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Through the acquisition, RediClinic will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. 

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

April 10, 2014

In the wake of acquiring Houston-based RediClinic, Rite Aid on Thursday reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 1, resulting from a 2.2% lift primarily attributed to an increase in pharmacy same-store sales.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In the wake of acquiring Houston-based RediClinic, Rite Aid on Thursday reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 1, resulting from a 2.2% lift primarily attributed to an increase in pharmacy same-store sales. For the full year, Rite Aid reported $25.5 billion in revenues, up 0.5%.

April 10, 2014

Recording artist Sara Evans is teaming up with the makers of Hidden Valley Original Ranch products for "Twist on Tonight" activity boxes, an initiative aimed at helping families find better ways to spend quality time together when evenings get hectic.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Recording artist Sara Evans is teaming up with the makers of Hidden Valley Original Ranch products for "Twist on Tonight" activity boxes, an initiative aimed at helping families find better ways to spend quality time together when evenings get hectic.

April 10, 2014

The Wild Oats brand will begin appearing on Walmart shelves this month as the retailer plans to offer 100 low priced organic dry grocery items.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Wild Oats brand will begin appearing on Walmart shelves this month as the retailer plans to offer 100 low priced organic dry grocery items.

April 9, 2014

Unilever’s Clear Scalp & Hair is bringing stories of resilience to the national stage on NBC's reality show "The Voice."

NEW YORK — Unilever’s Clear Scalp & Hair is bringing stories of resilience to the national stage on NBC's reality show "The Voice."

The hair care brand announced a new contest during Monday night's episode of the show, challenging them to sing their way to the "Voice" stage by joining #TeamCLEAR and showing the world their resilience.

April 9, 2014

Emphasizing implementation challenges that could impact patient access to pharmacy services, a coalition is urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow a one-year transition period for states to fully implement the Medicaid average manufacturer’s price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Emphasizing implementation challenges that could impact patient access to pharmacy services, a coalition is urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow a one-year transition period for states to fully implement the Medicaid average manufacturer’s price-based federal upper limits for prescription medications.

April 9, 2014

Dole is bolstering its chopped salad line by adding two new All Natural Chopped Salad Kits, both of which combine blends of fresh greens and vegetables with natural toppings.

MONTEREY, Calif. — Dole is bolstering its chopped salad line by adding two new All Natural Chopped Salad Kits, both of which combine blends of fresh greens and vegetables with natural toppings. Dole All Natural Chopped Sunflower Crunch Salad Kit and Dole All Natural Chopped Sesame Asian Salad Kit will be available starting today at supermarkets across the country.

April 9, 2014

In response to research revealing that an alarming 80% of women feel anxious about the way they look, a first-of-its-kind social experiment conducted by Dove highlights how the right state of mind can unlock a powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside all women.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — In response to research revealing that an alarming 80% of women feel anxious about the way they look, a first-of-its-kind social experiment conducted by Dove highlights how the right state of mind can unlock a powerful feeling of beauty that lives inside all women. The results are documented in the short film "Dove: Patches" on YouTube.