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November 17, 2010

Procter & Gamble's CoverGirl is launching in January its new NatureLuxe makeup collection, which includes...

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble's CoverGirl is launching in January its new NatureLuxe makeup collection, which includes NatureLuxe silk foundation and NatureLuxe gloss balm.

The NatureLuxe silk foundation contains hints of natural jojoba and rosehip extracts along with cucumber water, which is a lighter alternative to a heavier-feeling emollient. The formula is oil-free and paraben-free and contains SPF 10.

The foundation is available in 14 different shades, each with a suggested retail price of $11.99.

November 17, 2010

All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and VSA, the international...

WASHINGTON All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, are kicking off the 2011 All Kids Can Create Call for Art, which invites children ages 5 years to 15 years to explore and share their artistic talents.

November 17, 2010

Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts has created what it calls the industry’s most comprehensive specialty...

ST. LOUIS — Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts has created what it calls the industry’s most comprehensive specialty benefits organization, the company announced Thursday.

 

November 17, 2010

Biotech company Genzyme Corp. is selling its diagnostics business to Sekisui Chemical Co. for $265...

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Biotech company Genzyme is selling its diagnostics business to Sekisui Chemical for $265 million, Genzyme said Thursday.

 

Under the deal, Sekisui will purchase the diagnostics business’ assets, including product lines and technologies, and offer employment to its 575 employees while maintaining operations in all of its current locations.

 

 

November 17, 2010

Huntington on Thursday announced the opening of the first of its Giant Eagle in-store branches,...

COLUMBUS, Ohio Huntington on Thursday announced the opening of the first of its Giant Eagle in-store branches, part of an exclusive, 15-year agreement announced in September to install seven-day-a-week, full-service branches in at least 103 Giant Eagle supermarkets.

 

November 17, 2010

Consumers wanting to keep their homes smelling of fresh-cut trees during the holidays can look...

ATLANTA Consumers wanting to keep their homes smelling of fresh-cut trees during the holidays can look no further than ScentSicles, scented ornaments that make artificial trees, boughs and floral arrangements smell real throughout the holiday season.

Infused with pure fragrance oils, ScentSicles evoke holiday memories with three varieties, including douglas fir, blue spruce and white pine. ScentSicles also offer those that have allergies to real trees the ability to still enjoy the scent of Christmas.

 

November 17, 2010

MinuteClinic, CVS Caremark's network of walk-in medical clinics, was highlighted as a breakthrough innovator in...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic, CVS Caremark's network of walk-in medical clinics, was highlighted as a breakthrough innovator in healthcare delivery by the World Economic Forum's Innovative Health Care Delivery Project.

In addition, MinuteClinic president and CVS Caremark SVP and associate chief medical officer Andrew Sussman presented MinuteClinic's approach to care at a World Economic Forum satellite session attended by healthcare experts, regulatory representatives, researchers and other innovators in Montreux, Switzerland, this week.

November 17, 2010

Instant gratification translates well among customers that seek incentives for their participation in loyalty programs,...

CHICAGO Instant gratification translates well among customers that seek incentives for their participation in loyalty programs, according to new research.

Mintel found nearly half (47%) of consumers surveyed said that instant redemption opportunities motivated them to use a particular loyalty program more than others. Such incentives as cash-back opportunities would be a deciding factor, 36% of respondents said.

November 17, 2010

Food is the most important aspect of the holiday season and unites families, according to...

MINNEAPOLIS — Food is the most important aspect of the holiday season and unites families, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for retail giant Supervalu.

November 17, 2010

Swiss drug maker Novartis will focus on innovation as part of a program for long-term...

BASEL, Switerland — Swiss drug maker Novartis will focus on innovation as part of a program for long-term growth, the company said Wednesday.

Novartis touted its research and development pipeline of 142 drugs in clinical trials, 35% of which are in phase 3 or undergoing regulatory review, as well as a plan to submit 30 more drugs for regulatory review by the end of 2012. The company also plans to continue investing in vaccine development.

November 17, 2010

New Business Solutions recently introduced its Product Protection System, a loss-prevention shelving solution designed to...

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. New Business Solutions recently introduced its Product Protection System, a loss-prevention shelving solution designed to deter theft of high-shrink items.

Specifically, the new shelving unit helps thwart professional shoplifting groups by eliminating the ability to sweep a shelf, in other words dumping an entire shelf of merchandise into a duffel bag at once.

November 17, 2010

The head of an organization that accredits pharmacy technicians will serve as president of an...

WASHINGTON The head of an organization that accredits pharmacy technicians will serve as president of an international credentialing organization next year.

 

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board announced Thursday that executive director and CEO Melissa Murer Corrigan would serve as the 2011 president of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and be installed at the ICE Annual Education Conference in Atlanta, which also took place Thursday. ICE provides educational, networking and advocacy resources for credentialing organizations.

 

November 17, 2010

The city government of San Francisco hopes to expand a life-science research center in one...

SAN FRANCISCO The city government of San Francisco hopes to expand a life-science research center in one of the city’s neighborhoods, according to published reports.

 

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that mayor Gavin Newsom wanted to expand the life-science and biotech hub in the Mission Bay neighborhood to Pier 70 and the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, which lie to the south.

 

 

November 17, 2010

A 20-year veteran at Supervalu will become a senior counselor outside of the company for...

MINNEAPOLIS — A 20-year veteran at Supervalu will become a senior counselor outside of the company for one year.

David Boehnen, who as EVP was responsible for legal, business development, real estate and store development, as well as government affairs, will leave his post at the retailer but will serve as a senior counselor for Supervalu president and CEO Craig Herkert for one year.

The change is effective Dec. 15.

 

November 17, 2010

In an effort to extend its environmental stewardship, Walgreens stores in the Houston area soon...

DEERFIELD, Ill. In an effort to extend its environmental stewardship, Walgreens stores in the Houston area soon will feature high-powered rapid charging stations for electric vehicles for customer use, thanks to a new partnership with NRG Energy.

November 17, 2010

Former Walmart executive Jack Shewmaker passed away Wednesday evening. He was 72....

ROGERS, Ark. Former Walmart executive Jack Shewmaker passed away Wednesday evening. He was 72.

 

Shewmaker began his career at Walmart in 1970 and rose steadily through the ranks of the company, serving in numerous capacities, including district manager; VP security (now known as loss prevention); VP store operations; EVP store operations, personnel and merchandise; CFO; and president and COO. Shewmaker retired from the company in1988, but continued as a member of Walmart’s board of directors.

 

November 16, 2010

BJ’s Wholesale Club reported net income of $23 million, or 43 cents per diluted share,...

NATICK, Mass. BJ’s Wholesale Club reported net income of $23 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, for third quarter 2010. For third quarter 2009, the company reported net income of $17.4 million, or 32 cents per diluted share.

 

Net sales for the third quarter increased by 4.8% to $2.57 billion from $2.45 billion in the prior year period. Comparable-club sales for the quarter increased 2.5%. Excluding the impact of fuel, comparable-club sales increased 1.5%.

 

November 16, 2010

A trusted household cleaner reached a milestone this week....

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A trusted household cleaner reached a milestone this week.

Bon Ami, which turned 125 years old, said it has relaunched to include an entire line of simple, effective cleaning products, adding such household staples as dish soap, all-purpose cleanser and liquid cleanser, all of which maintain its "green" claim. The packaging of Bon Ami products is 100% post-consumer recycled.

The brand quickly is expanding and now is available in Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Price Less Foods, QFC and other store locations nationwide.

November 16, 2010

Patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease said the illness prevented them from living life...

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. Patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease said the illness prevented them from living life to its fullest, according to research conducted by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

 

November 16, 2010

With the holiday season just around the corner, CVS/pharmacy is encouraging older adults and their...

WOONSOCKET, R.I. With the holiday season just around the corner, CVS/pharmacy is encouraging older adults and their caregivers to make family health part of the conversation during family gatherings.

With annual enrollment for Medicare Part D under way through Dec. 31, now is the ideal time for seniors and their caregivers to review their medication regimen and identify ways to save on annual medication costs, the company stated.

November 16, 2010

Soft housing prices drove down the Deloitte consumer spending index for the month of October,...

NEW YORK — Soft housing prices drove down the Deloitte consumer spending index for the month of October, Deloitte said Wednesday.

The index, which is comprised of four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — fell to 4.63%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.84% a month ago.

But Deloitte said that the drop is no reason to give up hope on the holiday season.

November 16, 2010

Dollar Tree on Wednesday announced that it has completed its purchase of the assets of...

CHESAPEAKE, Va. Dollar Tree on Wednesday announced that it has completed its purchase of the assets of 86 Dollar Giant stores for approximately $52 million in cash, plus the assumption of certain liabilities.

 

This marks Dollar Tree's first expansion of retail operations outside of the United States.

 

 

November 16, 2010

Online retailer Drugstore.com said it would offer free shipping to military and foreign service addresses...

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Online retailer Drugstore.com said it would offer free shipping to military and foreign service addresses for the holidays.

Orders placed by Dec. 3 on Drugstore.com and its sister site, Beauty.com, for $49 or more will receive free shipping with arrival by Dec. 24 when sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses. The company was motivated to do the promotion as its customers in the military and foreign service have said it is difficult to find essential products when they are far away from home.

November 16, 2010

Energizer Holdings has obtained U.S. antitrust clearance for the acquisition of American Safety Razor....

ST. LOUIS Energizer Holdings has obtained U.S. antitrust clearance for the acquisition of American Safety Razor.

The waiting period for the antitrust review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has expired. Clearance from regulatory authorities in Germany and Taiwan now must be satisfied before closing.

Energizer stated that it will continue to seek clearance from those authorities in advance of the Nov. 23 deadline in the Asset Purchase Agreement between Energizer and ASR.

November 16, 2010

The European Commission has approved the sale of Sara Lee's global body care and European...

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The European Commission has approved the sale of Sara Lee's global body care and European detergent businesses to Unilever, provided that Unilever divest the Sanex brand of bath and body products in the European market after it acquires the business from Sara Lee.

The global body care and European detergent businesses encompass such brands as Sanex, Radox and Duschdas. The transaction was originally announced in September.