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February 27, 2014

Sam's Club is piloting a new online subscription service — My Subscriptions — that allows consumers to automatically replenish consumables like diapers or printer cartridges, The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch reported Wednesday.

NEW YORK — Sam's Club is piloting a new online subscription service — My Subscriptions — that allows consumers to automatically replenish consumables like diapers or printer cartridges, The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch reported Wednesday

February 19, 2014

Sales of prestige eye makeup grew 9% to $1.1 billion in the United States in the 12 months ended December 2013, according to the NPD Group.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Sales of prestige eye makeup grew 9% to $1.1 billion in the United States in the 12 months ended December 2013, according to the NPD Group.

February 19, 2014

Safeway on Wednesday afternoon confirmed it is in discussions concerning a possible transaction involving the sale of the company.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Wednesday afternoon confirmed it is in discussions concerning a possible transaction involving the sale of the company. However, the company declined to comment further at this time. "Although the discussions are ongoing, the company has not reached an agreement on a transaction, and there can be no assurance that these discussions will lead to an agreement or a completed transaction," Safeway stated as part of its earnings release. 

February 18, 2014

Credit Suisse on Tuesday speculated that Safeway may be considering either a sale or acquisition.

NEW YORK — Credit Suisse on Tuesday speculated that Safeway may be considering either a sale or acquisition. 

February 10, 2014

As many as 86% of Americans have experienced some type of GI or digestive issue in the past year, but according to recent Mintel research, some 40% of those who suffer from gastrointestinal issues are concerned about the side effects associated with them, the company reported Friday.

CHICAGO — As many as 86% of Americans have experienced some type of GI or digestive issue in the past year, but according to recent Mintel research, some 40% of those who suffer from gastrointestinal issues are concerned about the side effects associated with them, the company reported Friday.

February 4, 2014

The Global Market Development Center released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Global Market Development Center on Monday released a new whitepaper, “Amazon in Focus: Overview,” which summarizes an analysis of Amazon’s business model, presented by Keith Anderson, VP and senior analyst at RetailNet Group, in a GMDC* Connect Videocast.

January 30, 2014

Rite Aid's January same-store sales increased 1.8%, beating out an analyst projection of a 0.5% increase in overall comparable-store sales. Total drug store sales for the four weeks ended Jan. 25 increased 1.5% to $1.9 billion.

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid's January same-store sales increased 1.8%, beating out an analyst projection of a 0.5% increase in overall comparable-store sales. Total drug store sales for the four weeks ended Jan. 25 increased 1.5% to $1.9 billion.

January front-end same-store sales decreased 1.3%, of which 1.4% was attributable to a decrease in sales of flu-related over-the-counter products. Pharmacy same-store sales, which included an approximate 124 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 3.2%. 

January 29, 2014

Tough comparisons against a robust flu season last year and the continued lackluster economy may put a chill in pharmacy comps for the month of January, wrote Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly.

NEW YORK — Tough comparisons against a robust flu season last year and the continued lackluster economy may put a chill in pharmacy comps for the month of January, wrote Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly in a note published Wednesday. 

January 23, 2014

The global telehealth market is expected to grow as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according to a report published by IHS Technology.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according to a report published last week by IHS Technology.

January 14, 2014

McKesson may take another bite of the Celesio apple, suggested Sterne Agee analyst Greg Bolan in a note published Monday.

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — McKesson may take another bite of the Celesio apple, suggested Sterne Agee analyst Greg Bolan in a note published Monday.

January 9, 2014

The electronic cigarette category is booming.

The electronic cigarette category is booming. Smokers continue to migrate to the devices, and improved technology and lower price points are fueling sales. Manufacturers say that customized tobacco flavors will propel sales going forward.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

January 6, 2014

According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages.

CHICAGO — According to new research from Mintel, nearly 6-in-10 Americans who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of these beverages. 

Despite fears over safety, the energy drink, shot and mix category has beat back detractors to show consistent annual growth from 2008 to 2013 sales. The market reported a 17% increase in 2012 and is projected to repeat that growth rate in 2013.

December 26, 2013

Is natural the new norm in African-American hair care? It just might be.

Is natural the new norm in African-American hair care? It just might be.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

Within the ethnic hair care category, the natural style has taken hold and — judging by the ongoing sales declines in relaxers — it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

December 20, 2013

Top CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City on Wednesday for its 2013 Analyst Day to outline the company’s strategies to drive long-term enterprise growth through its vast pool of assets and its nimbleness in responding to the evolving healthcare landscape.

It marked the third year that the Woonsocket, R.I.-based company has hosted its Analyst Day meeting in Decembe, but this year’s event no doubt proved especially timely since we’re just days away from the start of the New Year when health reform will begin to significantly alter U.S. health care.

Top CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City on Wednesday for its 2013 Analyst Day to outline the company’s strategies to drive long-term enterprise growth through its vast pool of assets and its nimbleness in responding to the evolving healthcare landscape.

December 18, 2013

Winning with ability and agility in the age of healthcare retail-ization. That’s what it is all about for CVS Caremark, and that was a central theme of Wednesday’s timely Analyst Day meeting in New York City.

NEW YORK — Winning with ability and agility in the age of healthcare retail-ization. That’s what it is all about for CVS Caremark, and that was a central theme of Wednesday’s timely Analyst Day meeting in New York City, held just weeks before the New Year when health reform will begin to significantly alter the healthcare landscape.

December 4, 2013

Some men may not like to admit that they have a skin care regime, but according to new research from Mintel, many younger men report using a facial moisturizing product.

According to Mintel, 58% of men ages 18 years to 24 years and 63% of men ages 25 years to 34 years report that they use a facial moisturizing product.

CHICAGO — Some men may not like to admit that they have a skin care regime, but according to new research from Mintel, many younger men report using a facial moisturizing product.

According to Mintel, 58% of men ages 18 years to 24 years and 63% of men ages 25 years to 34 years report that they use a facial moisturizing product.

This is in stark contrast to the 32% of those ages 55 years to 64 years and 29% of men older than 65 years from other age demographics claiming to do the same thing.

November 27, 2013

Men’s fragrance juice sales at prestige drove positive dollar performance for the overall fragrance category in the United States and United Kingdom between November 2012 and October 2013, according to research by The NPD Group.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Men’s fragrance juice sales at prestige drove positive dollar performance for the overall fragrance category in the United States and United Kingdom between November 2012 and October 2013, according to research by The NPD Group.

Total fragrance performance was soft elsewhere in Europe, with declines across men’s and women’s offerings, primarily in the EDT segment.
 

November 8, 2013

The lip segment is on the upswing with the shining star proving, once again, to be lip color.

The lip segment is on the upswing with the shining star proving, once again, to be lip color. Lipstick continues to be the darling of the segment much to the detriment of lip gloss and lip treatments.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

November 8, 2013

It’s as simple as B-C-D. Multifunctional makeup continues to — and will continue to — drive significant growth in facial cosmetics.

It’s as simple as B-C-D. Multifunctional makeup continues to — and will continue to — drive significant growth in facial cosmetics.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

November 7, 2013

According to a Credit Suisse analysis of the drug channel published Wednesday, drug stores are in for a challenging winter across the front-end with an embattled consumer continuing to hold back and the continued proliferation of dollar stores that are attracting value-driven trips to their channel.

NEW YORK — According to a Credit Suisse analysis of the drug channel published Wednesday, drug stores are in for a challenging winter across the front-end with an embattled consumer continuing to hold back and the continued proliferation of dollar stores that are attracting value-driven trips to their channel. 

October 24, 2013

Safeway could fetch an asking price of more than $45 per share, estimated Credit Suisse in a research note issued Thursday.

NEW YORK — Safeway could fetch an asking price of more than $45 per share, estimated Credit Suisse in a research note issued Thursday. 

Shares of Safeway were up slightly by 15 cents to $35.73 in early morning trading.

Responding to a Reuters report on private equity firm Cerberus' interest in the supermarket chain, Credit Suisse research analyst Ed Kelly suggested that a Cerberus-Safeway deal would be compelling for the following reasons: 

October 11, 2013

Safeway on Thursday evening may have posted what analysts have described as disappointing earnings, but that's not stopping Wall Street from recognizing the value Safeway is unlocking with its exit from a pair of markets — Chicago and Canada.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday evening may have posted what analysts have described as disappointing earnings, but that's not stopping Wall Street from recognizing the value Safeway is unlocking with its exit from a pair of markets — Chicago and Canada. After closing at $31.57 Thursday, Safeway's stock was selling at more than $2 higher early Friday afternoon, and at least one analyst has targeted $40 as the potential inherent in Safeway stock. 

October 8, 2013

Dollar stores are not just for lower- and middle-income shoppers. In fact, half (50%) of respondents from the highest-income households ($150,000-plus) say that they are shopping at dollar stores the same amount this year compared with last year, with 10% saying they are doing so more than last year, according to new research from Mintel.

CHICAGO — Dollar stores are not just for lower- and middle-income shoppers. In fact, half (50%) of respondents from the highest-income households ($150,000-plus) say that they are shopping at dollar stores the same amount this year compared with last year, with 10% saying they are doing so more than last year, according to new research from Mintel. Only 32% of respondents from the highest-income households claim not to shop at dollar stores.

September 27, 2013

Nail products are the most popular cosmetic item among teen girls, according to recent Mintel research, with 92% of girls between the ages of 9 years and 17 years using some sort of nail product.

CHICAGO — Nail products are the most popular cosmetic item among teen girls, according to recent Mintel research, with 92% of girls between the ages of 9 years and 17 years using some sort of nail product.

September 24, 2013

The Generation Y group is beginning to take notice and fight the signs of aging, according to the NPD Group, a provider of information and advisory services. According to NPD’s latest Women’s Skincare In-Depth Consumer Report, 39% of women ages 25 years to 34 years say anti-aging is an important benefit they look for in facial skin care products.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The Generation Y group is beginning to take notice and fight the signs of aging, according to the NPD Group, a provider of information and advisory services.

According to NPD’s latest Women’s Skincare In-Depth Consumer Report, 39% of women ages 25 years to 34 years say anti-aging is an important benefit they look for in facial skin care products. This is a significant jump from the 18- to 24-year-old age group where only 19% of women feel anti-aging is important.