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Fresh & Easy aims to reduce in-store water consumption by 30%

BY CSA STAFF

El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce water consumption in its stores by 30% through the use of EnviroTower water conditioning technology.

The system has already been installed in 37 Fresh & Easy locations and will be incorporated into all new stores, including the nine Fresh & Easy stores opening in California next month.

According to Fresh & Easy, on average, its store already use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and the company’s refrigeration systems were using roughly 850,000 gallons of water per year. With the installation of the EnviroTower system, that usage has dropped to less than 600,000 gallons per year. Similar refrigeration systems typically use 2 million to 3 million gallons of water per year. The EnviroTower system also helps with energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy Fresh & Easy uses on refrigeration by up to 5%.

“Incorporating EnviroTower’s technology into our stores makes sense, not just as part of our commitment to the environment, but also help us save money so we can keep our prices low for our customers,” said Steve Hagen, director of procurement and engineering, Fresh & Easy, which operates more than 150 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. “Conserving water is a very important issue in California, Nevada and Arizona. We are happy to play our part in reducing our consumption of this valuable and limited resource.”

EnviroTower provide a reliable, effective and economical alternative to traditional chemical water treatment for refrigeration and air conditioning cooling systems. It dramatically reduces fresh water use through a physical water conditioning system — meaning water that is normally chemically treated and discharged to municipal sewage is used more efficiently, the company explained. By keeping the water in the system clean and reducing harmful buildup, EnviroTower also improves energy efficiency.

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Whole Foods 3Q sales up 15%

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AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market reported that sales for the third quarter ended July 4 increased 15% to $2.2 billion. Comparable-store sales increased 8.8%, or 6.3% on a two-year stacked basis. Identical-store sales, excluding three relocations, increased 8.4%, or 4.6% on a two-year stacked basis.

Income available to common shareholders increased 88% to $65.7 million from $35 million last year,and diluted earnings per share increased 53% to 38 cents.

“We are pleased with our results which compare very favorably to most other food retailers and show we are continuingto gain market share. Our identical-store sales increased 8.4%, accelerating from the second quarter and our highestincrease since 2006. Despite tougher comparisons and the recent dip in reported consumer confidence, our two-yearstacked identical-store sales also sequentially increased to 4.6%,” said John Mackey, co-chief executive officer and co-founderof Whole Foods Market.

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DSW reports quarterly sales growth

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COLUMBUS, Ohio DSW announced net sales for the second quarter ended July 31 increased 12.3% to $415.1 million compared with $369.5 million for the quarter ended Aug. 1, 2009. Same-store sales increased 12% for the comparable period versus a decrease of 2.9% last year.

The company said it now estimates an annual comparable-store sales increase of approximately 7% to 9% and annual diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.80 to $1.95 for fiscal 2010.  This is updated from the company’s previous estimate of an annual comparable store sales increase of approximately 6% to 8% and annual diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.65 to $1.75 for fiscal 2010.  Fiscal 2009 annual diluted earnings per share were $1.23.

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