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China Nepstar makes second acquisition in Beijing

BY CSA STAFF

Shenzhen, China China Nepstar Chain Drugstore Ltd., the largest drug store chain in China based on the number of directly operated stores, announced Friday it will acquire a six-store chain of Beijing drug stores owned and operated by Beijing Xiang Yun Kang Drugstore.

The acquisition is China Nepstar’s second in Beijing.

China Nepstar operates 2,337 stores across 67 cities in China.

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Duckwall-ALCO loss narrows

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ABILENE, Kan. Duckwall-ALCO Stores reported that net sales from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased 2.9% to $111.5 million and same-store sales decreased 1.7%.

Net loss for the third quarter was $1.4 million, or (38 cents) per basic share, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, or (44 cents) per basic share, for the third quarter of the fiscal 2009.

Larry Zigerelli, president and CEO, commented, “Positive year-to-date same-store sales results and customer counts, combined with a significant increase in gross margin dollars and a major reduction in SG&A expenses, are encouraging. We have made substantial progress in upgrading our merchandising, marketing and store operations programs, and are changing our culture in the continued face of a very tough economy. The holiday season is off to a good start, and we remain cautiously optimistic. Our turnaround is not complete by any means, but we continue to track with plans for store transformation and improving performance.”

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Lowe’s launches Energy Centers

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Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has announced the launch of Energy Centers in 21 of its California stores.

The Energy Centers are designed to be one-stop destinations to help customers create an energy plan that fits their budgets.

 

The center includes a touch-screen kiosk to help customers evaluate energy needs, while the center itself features products to meet those needs based on three criteria: Measure, reduce and generate — measure their energy use and loss, reduce energy consumption and generate their own energy, if possible.

 

“Homeowners are paying more attention than ever to their utility bills, and the first step to saving energy is tracking where it’s going,” said Nick Canter, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising. “By providing monitoring tools to help customers know their numbers, Lowe’s is helping them find the money-saving solution that’s right for them.”

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