EPA’s GreenChill Partnership expands to 6,500 stores
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership with the supermarket industry now includes more than 6,500 stores in 47 states.
The program, launched in November 2007, is designed to reduce the use and emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants in the nation’s grocery stores.
Last year, retailers in the program reduced their aggregate total refrigerant emissions by 8.5%.
“This is the beginning of a partnership that is going to help us reduce significant amounts of ozone depleting refrigerant and other emissions, cut costs for supermarkets and consumers, and protect our health and the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “EPA will continue working to find a path forward that rewards the mutual interests of our supermarkets and the environmental health of the communities they serve.”
Big Lots Q2 store sales decrease
COLUMBUS, Ohio Big Lots reported second quarter retail sales for the fiscal quarter ended Aug. 1 decreased 2.3% to $1.07 billion, compared to $1.1 billion for second quarter fiscal 2008. Comparable-store sales for stores open at least two years at the beginning of the fiscal year decreased 2.4% for the second quarter of fiscal 2009.
For the twenty-six week year to date period ended August 1, 2009, retail sales decreased 1.5% to $2.2 billion, compared to $2.23 billion for the same period in fiscal 2008. Comparable-store sales decreased 1.5% for the year-to-date period.
Macy’s and Saks July sales a downer
CINCINNATI, Ohio Macy’s and Saks reported weak sale performances during July.
Macy’s reported total sales of $1.377 billion for the four weeks ended Aug. 1, 2009, a decrease of 10.7% compared with total sales of $1.543 billion in the four weeks ended Aug. 2, 2008. On a same-store basis, Macy’s sales also were down 10.7% in July.
Saks announced that owned sales totaled $159.7 million for the four weeks ended August 1, 2009 compared to $187.7 million for the four weeks ended August 2, 2008, a 14.9% decrease. Comparable-store sales decreased 16.3% for the month.
The Saks Fifth Avenue stores experienced continued weakness across all merchandise categories during the month. Saks Direct and Saks OFF 5TH showed relative strength in July.