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December 19, 2013

Sears Holdings has elected law firm executive Cesar Alvarez to its board of directors, the company, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, announced.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings has elected law firm executive Cesar Alvarez to its board of directors, the company, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, announced.

Alvarez is co-chairman of the international law firm Greenburg Traurig, which he joined in 1973. Before his appointment as chairman, he served as executive chairman for more than three years and as its CEO for 13 years, starting in 1997.

December 17, 2013

Wahl announced Cuts for a Cause, a new program that will support the growing number of organizations and individuals who engage in charitable head-shaving and facial hair growing.

STERLING, Ill. — Wahl, a manufacturer of men's grooming tools, announced Cuts for a Cause, a new program that will support the growing number of organizations and individuals who engage in charitable head-shaving and facial hair growing.

Cuts for a Cause aims to provide necessary tools and outreach for what is now a significant movement and one of the most popular fundraising activities of the past 10 years.

December 16, 2013

In support of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, Walgreens on Monday announced its collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and evaluate a model of HIV patient-centered care through a national project aimed at advancing clinical integration and medication therapy management.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In support of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, Walgreens on Monday announced its collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and evaluate a model of HIV patient-centered care through a national project aimed at advancing clinical integration and medication therapy management. The program is another way Walgreens is extending its commitment to improve HIV prevention and treatment outcomes.

December 11, 2013

Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has completed 18 remodeled stores, which feature an expanded variety of the fresh produce, meat and seafood.

ITASCA, Ill. — Jewel-Osco, which is owned by New Albertsons, has completed 18 remodeled stores, which feature an expanded variety of the fresh produce, meat and seafood.  

December 11, 2013

Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains during its third quarter thanks in part to strength in sales of prestige cosmetics and skin care and strong online sales.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty posted strong double-digit gains during its third quarter thanks in part to strength in sales of prestige cosmetics and skin care and strong online sales.

Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 27 rose 22.4% to $618.8 million. Same-store sales rose 6.8%, including the impact of e-commerce sales.

Net income increased 19.1% to $45.4 million compared with $38.2 million. Income per diluted share rose 18.6% to 70 cents per share, including 2 cents per diluted share related to a severance charge.

December 10, 2013

Nearly all patients taking an experimental treatment for hepatitis C developed by AbbVie were cured, the drug maker said Tuesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — Nearly all patients taking an experimental treatment for hepatitis C developed by AbbVie were cured, the drug maker said Tuesday.

December 10, 2013

An expert panel at the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-up to an experimental drug made by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, the drug maker said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — An expert panel at the Food and Drug Administration has given a thumbs-up to an experimental drug made by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. for treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, the drug maker said.

December 10, 2013

More than 11 million Americans had vacation plans disrupted by the flu in 2012, according to Walgreens' recent Impact Survey, the company announced Tuesday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — More than 11 million Americans had vacation plans disrupted by the flu in 2012, according to Walgreens' recent Impact Survey, the company announced Tuesday.   

December 9, 2013

Further expanding the scope of preventive healthcare services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Further expanding the scope of preventive healthcare services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens as of Monday is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland. 

Each test also includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.

December 6, 2013

Sears Holdings is spinning off its clothing business, the parent company of Kmart said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings is spinning off its clothing business, the parent company of Kmart said Friday.

Sears said it had filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin off Lands' End. The company hopes that separating the management of Sears Holdings and Lands' end will make it easier for the latter to pursue opportunities on its own.

December 5, 2013

College students are using popular social media platform Twitter to talk about prescription drugs, and it turns out those brief, 140-character messages are saying a lot about medication abuse and misuse.

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — College students are using popular social media platform Twitter to talk about prescription drugs, and it turns out those brief, 140-character messages are saying a lot about medication abuse and misuse, according to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

December 4, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday reported November sales of $6.1 billion, an increase of 4.1% for the same month in fiscal 2013.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday reported November sales of $6.1 billion, an increase of 4.1% for the same month in fiscal 2013.

Total front-end sales increased 3.2%, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.9%. Customer traffic in comparable stores increased 0.8% and basket size increased 1.1%.

The company said that a meaningful increase versus prior quarters in promotional investment contributed to the improvement in traffic and comparable store front-end sales for November and throughout the quarter.

November 27, 2013

Treatment of influenza with antiviral medicines like Tamiflu and Relenza may improve survival rates in children, according to a study published Nov. 25 in Pediatrics.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. — Treatment of influenza with such antiviral medicines as Tamiflu and Relenza may improve survival rates in children, according to a study published on Nov. 25 in Pediatrics

Researchers from the California Department of Public Health analyzed data abstracted from medical records to characterize the outcomes of pediatric patients hospitalized with the flu between April 3, 2009 and September 30, 2012. 

November 26, 2013

Drug maker AbbVie is launching an international awareness campaign focused on women living with HIV, the drug maker said Tuesday.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Drug maker AbbVie is launching an international awareness campaign focused on women living with HIV, the drug maker said Tuesday.

November 26, 2013

Generic drug maker Hospira will have its investor conference next week, the company said Tuesday.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Generic drug maker Hospira will have its investor conference next week, the company said Tuesday.

The drug maker, based in the Chicago area, will have the investor day at its headquarters on Dec. 5. Hospira specializes in manufacturing injectable generic drugs, including biosimilars for the European market.

The event will include slide presentations, and the company will stream it via audio webcast at its investors website, hospirainvestor.com.

 

November 26, 2013

Kmart and Sears are offering free, two-day shipping to some members of the Shop Your Way program, parent company Sears Holdings said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart and Sears are offering free, two-day shipping to some members of the Shop Your Way program, parent company Sears Holdings said.

The retailer is offering free, 90-day memberships in Shop Your Way Max for Black Friday, allowing members to take advantage of free two-day shipping on items sold at Sears.com, Kmart.com and ShopYourWay.com.

November 25, 2013

A report in the New York Post that Sears Holdings is looking to sell its Canadian division is false, the retailer said.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — A report in the New York Post that Sears Holdings is looking to sell its Canadian division is false, the retailer said.

The Post reported that Sears Holdings chairman and CEO Eddie Lampert was talking with investment bankers at the possibility of selling Sears Canada.

November 25, 2013

Target Corp. has donated $50,000 to assist in relief efforts in the Midwest following a devastating tornado outbreak there earlier this month.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has donated $50,000 to assist in relief efforts in the Midwest following a devastating tornado outbreak there earlier this month.

The mass-merchandise retailer's donation includes $45,000 in cash to the American Red Cross and $5,000 to non-profit organizations for relief efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Missouri. In addition, all Target stores in affected areas will remain open.

November 22, 2013

Schnuck Markets is offering to store perishable foods for people who have lost power due to the large storm outbreak that hit the Midwest over the weekend, the supermarket chain said in announcements on its Facebook page.

NEW YORK — Schnuck Markets is offering to store perishable foods for people who have lost power due to the large storm outbreak that hit the Midwest over the weekend, the supermarket chain said in announcements on its Facebook page.

The chain is offering emergency refrigeration at some of its stores in the St. Louis area, as well as the Illinois towns of Pekin and Peoria. The company said items had to be stored in coolers, containers or bags, sealed and with people's names and phone numbers attached.

November 21, 2013

Sears Holdings had sales of $8.3 billion in third quarter 2013, down $585 million compared with third quarter 2012, the parent company of the Kmart and Sears chains said Thursday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings had sales of $8.3 billion in third quarter 2013, down $585 million compared with third quarter 2012, the parent company of the Kmart and Sears chains said Thursday.

November 21, 2013

Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 ft. into the ground, Walgreens on Thursday celebrated the official opening of what the retailer believes to be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 ft. into the ground, Walgreens on Thursday celebrated the official opening of what the retailer believes to be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

November 21, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday announced the appointment of Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce, as president of digital and chief marketing officer.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced the appointment of Sona Chawla, president of e-commerce, as president of digital and chief marketing officer.

November 20, 2013

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, located at more than 400 Walgreens stores nationwide, and iTriage, a rapidly growing consumer healthcare technology company, on Wednesday announced the launch of a nationwide mobile appointment scheduling app.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, located at more than 400 Walgreens stores nationwide, and iTriage, a rapidly growing consumer healthcare technology company, on Wednesday announced the launch of a nationwide mobile appointment scheduling app. The expanded free mobile service, previously piloted in Denver and Chicago, is now available to patients in Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens markets across the U.S.

November 19, 2013

Kmart and Sears have launched a new app aimed at members of their loyalty card program, parent company Sears Holdings said Tuesday.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart and Sears have launched a new app aimed at members of their loyalty card program, parent company Sears Holdings said Tuesday.

November 18, 2013

Jane Cosmetics is continuing its commitment to charitable contributions that support women by launching “The Gift of Confidence & Care: Buy One, Give One to a Neighbor in Need” — a donation campaign that will provide beauty products to women in local shelters.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Jane Cosmetics is continuing its commitment to charitable contributions that support women by launching “The Gift of Confidence & Care: Buy One, Give One to a Neighbor in Need” — a donation campaign that will provide beauty products to women in local shelters.