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July 10, 2012

Walgreens on Tuesday extended its innovation in mobile technology with the introduction of a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit, enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday extended its innovation in mobile technology with the introduction of a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit, enabling photo printing directly from iPhone and Android mobile devices.

July 9, 2012

Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade is expanding its footprint with a second distinct location in the historic American Surety building in the city’s Financial District.

NEW YORK — Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade is expanding its footprint with a second distinct location in the historic American Surety building in the city’s Financial District.

The new 22,000-sq.-ft. Duane Reade store (at the corner of Broadway and Pine) further develops the retailer's “Up market” store concept. The 24-hour store, with the grand opening on July 9, features such exclusive offerings and amenities as Up market: Chop and an in-store museum quality exhibit; a first for Duane Reade or any other U.S.-based drug store.

July 9, 2012

Rite Aid is using its social networking sites to offer 10 days of deals for the summer, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is using its social networking sites to offer 10 days of deals for the summer, the retail pharmacy chain said Monday.

Rite Aid said it would use the Rites — a fictional, digital family comprising Procrastinating Papa Rite, Deal Digger Mama Rite, Over-the-Top Olivia Rite, Scrooge Sally Rite, and Prepare and Preppy Patrick Rite — to promote deals across its Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages.

July 9, 2012

Walgreens on Monday announced the expansion of its vaccination offerings in Florida to include shingles and pneumonia.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Monday announced the expansion of its vaccination offerings in Florida to include shingles and pneumonia.

July 6, 2012

All drugs provided to HIV and AIDS patients under the District of Columbia's AIDS Drug Assistance Program will go through a new pharmacy network that includes Walgreens, the D.C. Department of Health said.

WASHINGTON — All drugs provided to HIV and AIDS patients under the District of Columbia's AIDS Drug Assistance Program will go through a new pharmacy network that includes Walgreens, the D.C. Department of Health said.

July 5, 2012

Costco Wholesale reported net sales of nearly $9.2 billion for the month of June, an increase of 6% from the similar period last year.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco Wholesale reported net sales of nearly $9.2 billion for the month of June, an increase of 6% from the similar period last year.

Overall comparable sales for the period were 3%. U.S. comps also were 3%, while international comps were 2%.

Both year's five-week periods included 34 days in the U.S. and Canada (U.S. warehouses closed Memorial Day; Canadian warehouses closed July 1, Canada Day).

July 5, 2012

Target reported a 2.1% same-store sales increase for the month of June that was toward the low end of the company’s expectations.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reported a 2.1% same-store sales increase for the month of June that was toward the low end of the company’s expectations.

Despite June sales that were softer than expected, Target left its second-quarter profit forecast intact as the weaker-than-expected result offset a better-than-expected performance the previous month.

July 5, 2012

Rite Aid's same-store sales decreased in June, compared with June 2011, due largely to a decrease in pharmacy comps, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's same-store sales decreased in June, compared with June 2011, due largely to a decrease in pharmacy comps, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.

The 1% decrease in overall comps included a 1.6% decrease in pharmacy same-store sales — including a negative effect of 672 basis points from new generic introductions — and a 0.3% increase in front-end same-store sales. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 2.9%.

July 5, 2012

Walgreens has entered into an agreement to acquire a regional drug store chain for approximately $438 million.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has entered into an agreement to acquire a regional drug store chain for approximately $438 million.

July 5, 2012

Walgreens on Thursday posted June sales of about $5.6 billion, a decrease of 6.8% as compared with the same month in fiscal year 2011.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday posted June sales of about $5.6 billion, a decrease of 6.8% as compared with the same month in fiscal year 2011.

July 3, 2012

CVS Caremark has been selected by the National Business Group on Health as a platinum winner for its 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards.

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Caremark has been selected by the National Business Group on Health as a platinum winner for its 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards. CVS Caremark's workforce well-being program was noted to be a role model for other companies striving to improve employee health, productivity and well-being.

The award was presented at the Business Group's Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

July 3, 2012

Kroger has opened a Signature store in the Fort Worth, Texas, market.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kroger has opened a Signature store in the Fort Worth, Texas, market.

The 100,000-sq.-ft. store, which includes a fuel center, places more emphasis on an interactive customer experience and offers more natural and organic foods, chef-prepared meal solutions and ethnic and gourmet food choices. Along with the fuel center, the new store features a pharmacy and offers a vast wine and beer selection. Kroger currently has 30 Signature stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

July 2, 2012

Giant Food has commenced its conversion of 15 former Genuardi's stores.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food has commenced its conversion of 15 former Genuardi's stores.

The announcement follows Giant Food, an Ahold subsidiary, getting the green light from the Federal Trade Commission for its plan to acquire 15 Genuardi's stores, located in the greater Philadelphia area, from Safeway.

July 2, 2012

The Little Clinic has announced a collaborative affiliation with the University of Louisville Physicians’ Preventive Cardiology practice, which marks the third affiliation that The Little Clinic has formed with a medical group.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Little Clinic has announced a collaborative affiliation with the University of Louisville Physicians’ Preventive Cardiology practice, which marks the third affiliation that The Little Clinic has formed with a medical group.

The partnership focuses on the management of hypertension for patients currently without a primary care physician. The relationship will create more convenient and affordable treatment by offering much of the ongoing monitoring for hypertension at The Little Clinic locations inside select Louisville Kroger stores.

June 29, 2012

99 Cents Only is opening its first Reno, Nev., store in July.

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — 99 Cents Only is opening its first Reno, Nev., store in July.

The company said the new store, which will open July 12, is 17,000 sq. ft. and will feature a large perishable food department, including produce, dairy and frozen foods.

99 Cents Only currently operates 300 retail stores, including 220 stores in California, 37 in Texas, 29 in Arizona and 14 in Nevada.

June 28, 2012

CVS/pharmacy has unveiled a "makeover" of its Beauty Board, a panel of beauty experts who provide interactive content and advice for fans of the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has unveiled a "makeover" of its Beauty Board, a panel of beauty experts who provide interactive content and advice for fans of the CVS Beauty Club Facebook page.

June 28, 2012

Dollar stores continue to thrive in this consumer-conscious economy, and Family Dollar is no exception.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Dollar stores continue to thrive in this consumer-conscious economy, and Family Dollar is no exception.

The dollar store chain reported a total sales increase of 9.6% to $2.36 billion for the third quarter, compared with $2.15 billion for the same period last year. Same-store sales rose 5%, helped by increased customer traffic and strong performances in the seasonal, electronics and consumables categories.

June 28, 2012

Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is assisting Colorado wildfire relief efforts with a $30,000 donation, the retailer said.

Target said a $17,500 cash donation was distributed among several American Red Cross chapters in Colorado, in addition to $5,000 in product donations for essentials such as water and food. A separate donation of $7,500 in gift cards was given to other nonprofit organizations in the affected areas.

This year, Target has given $500,000 to the American Red Cross as part of the nonprofit’s annual disaster giving program.

June 27, 2012

CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Stephen Gold as CIO.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Stephen Gold as CIO. 

Gold, who joins CVS Caremark on July 9, will focus on bringing new and differentiating technology solutions to the company's retail and pharmacy benefit management businesses.

June 26, 2012

Walgreens is partnering with health authorities and service organizations to provide pharmacist-administered testing for the virus that causes AIDS, the retail pharmacy chain said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is partnering with health authorities and service organizations to provide pharmacist-administered testing for the virus that causes AIDS, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pilot with Greater Than AIDS and other organizations and local officials to expand HIV testing services and connect more people with the virus to treatment and care.

June 25, 2012

Target has donated $15,000 in monetary support and product to assist with Duluth, Minn., flood relief efforts.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target has donated $15,000 in monetary support and product to assist with Duluth, Minn., flood relief efforts.

A $10,000 cash donation was given to the American Red Cross Northland Chapter to support their response efforts. An additional $5,000 in gift cards will be donated to local nonprofit organizations for such essentials as water and food.

June 25, 2012

Wal-Mart Stores said in an emailed statement that the co-heads of its technology unit, @WalmartLabs, are leaving the company.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores said in an emailed statement that the co-heads of its technology unit, @WalmartLabs, are leaving the company.

Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, who ran the 200-person unit in San Bruno, Calif., are taking some time off from the industry, according to the statement. The pair took the helm of @WalmartLabs when the retailer bought their company Kosmix last year.

Wal-Mart said the rest of the technology team will remain intact.

June 25, 2012

Walgreens is offering immunizations against whooping cough in Kansas as an epidemic of the disease spreads around the state, the retail pharmacy chain said.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is offering immunizations against whooping cough in Kansas as an epidemic of the disease spreads around the state, the retail pharmacy chain said.

Walgreens said it would offer the Tdap vaccine at all of its 67 stores in Kansas and its 195 stores in Missouri in pharmacies and Take Care Clinics.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 56 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, as of June 11, compared with the 52 cases reported for the entire year of 2011.

June 22, 2012

Kroger announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 11.5 cents per share.

CINCINNATI — Kroger announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 11.5 cents per share.

The dividend will be paid on Sept. 1 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Aug. 15.

June 22, 2012

Just a few days after announcing their merger, Walgreens and Alliance Boots leaders sat down to discuss the value of their deal before analysts on Friday.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Just a few days after announcing their merger, Walgreens and Alliance Boots leaders sat down to discuss the value of their deal before analysts on Friday.

Kicking off the Q&A-style meeting, Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson outlined how the drug store chain’s partnership with Alliance Boots came to fruition, noting that the opportunity was identified about 18 months ago. “Along the way ... real opportunities began to come to light, [and we learned] how we could create more value for the two companies,” Wasson told analysts.