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Claire’s Stores in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar

BY Staff Writer

Chicago — Claire’s Stores has entered into a partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world’s largest confectionary emporium and lifestyle brand, whereby Claire’s will sell an edited selection of Dylan’s candies. The assortment features nearly 30 items, all under $24 – from lollipops, chocolate bars and fillable gummy bears to cotton candy buckets, cupcake pillows and sweet candy houses

Initially being offered in 260 Claire’s stores, the brand will extend the seasonal product offerings to roughly 1,000 locations by early 2014 with an increased product assortment expected in February.

"We are extremely excited to bring the imagination and prestige of Dylan’s Candy Bar to Claire’s during the spirited holiday season," states Dina Keenan, chief marketing officer, Claire’s. "Offering a curated selection of sweets and treats is our way of bringing something special to the Claire’s girl."


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Publix Q3 profit edges down

BY Marianne Wilson

Lakeland, Fla. — Publix reported net earnings for the third quarter fell 2.3% to $359.9 million, compared to $368.4 million in the year ago period.

Sales for the third quarter were $7 billion, up 5.6% from last year’s $6.7 billion. Same-store sales rose 4.1%.

“I’m very pleased we had another significant increase in our stock price, resulting in a 33 percent increase in our stock price over the last year,” said CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our associates continue to deliver premier customer service, the key to our success.”

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Rite Aid same-store sales climb

BY Dan Berthiaume

Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid reported a same-store sales increase of 2.1% for October 2013 as compared to the same month in the prior year. Front-end same-store sales actually decreased 0.6%, but gains of 3.4% in pharmacy same-store sales and a 1.1% jump in prescription count drove the total growth.

The company estimates that the cycling of the impact of pre-storm sales on prior year’s results had a negative impact of 1.4% on front-end same store sales results and 0.3% on comparable store prescription count growth, as prior year results benefited from an increase in sales in the days immediately preceding Superstorm Sandy. Rite Aid anticipates that the cycling of the impact of Superstorm Sandy will have a positive impact on November’s sales results.

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