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Duckwall-ALCO Cuts 27 Staffers

BY CSA STAFF

Abilene, Kan. Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. on Monday said it will cut 27 staffers at its headquarters in a streamlining move. The cuts make up more than 10% of its Abilene, Kan.-based headquarters staff.

In April, the company said it would cut four executive positions to save money. The corporate labor cost reductions to date are expected to save $2.5 million annually.

Also in April, the company said same-store sales fell 5.6% in March amid a weak retail environment.

Total sales for the five weeks ended April 6 rose 3% to $43.1 million.

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Cabela’s posts 1Q sales increase

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SIDNEY, Neb. Cabela’s posted total revenue of $535.5 million for its first quarter ended March 29, an increase of 15.9% over last year’s $462.1 million.

Net income for the quarter increased 39.4% to $10 million, or 15 cents per diluted share, compared to $7.1 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, for the like 2007 period.

“We are very pleased with our 70% growth in consolidated operating income for the first quarter of the year, despite ongoing challenges in the consumer environment,” said president and ceo Dennis Highby. ” … We remain focused on improving retail store profitability and are already seeing positive benefits from initiatives we put in place last year. We have improved four-wall contribution and lowered inventory per square foot in our comp stores. At the same time, we remain on track with our store expansion plans and expect to open a new store in Scarborough, Maine, on May 15 and another in Rapid City, S.D., in August.

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to improve our business across the board and are pleased with the traction we are getting with our initiatives to drive retail profit improvement,”  continued Highby. “We remain confident our leadership position in the marketplace will afford us significant growth opportunities well into the future.”

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Walgreens posts 7.9% April sales boost

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DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens today announced April sales of $4.85 billion, an increase of 7.9% over last year’s $4.49 billion. Comparable-store sales rose 1.6% while comparable-store front-end sales decreased 3.1%.

April sales were affected negatively this year due to an earlier Easter that helped boost sales in March. Sales for the two months, combined, increased 9.2% over 2007. Comparable-store sales for March/April rose 3% while comparable-store front-end sales rose 4%.

Front-end sales for the drugstore chain were aided by allergy medicine Zyrtec, which recently switched from prescription only to over-the-counter.

Aril pharmacy sales rose 10.8% and comparable-pharmacy sales rose 4.2%.

Walgreens opened 38 drugstores in April—including four relocations—acquired eight and closed 3. At April 30, the company operated 6,614 locations.

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