ECOMMERCE

Hit Leaders: BookPlanet, Lance Armstrong Stores

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, BookPlanet ranked No. 2 on the Hitwise list of fast-moving retail Web sites for the week ending July 30. The bookseller jumped 18,497 positions in the week, finishing at an overall ranking of 4,457th – a 372.5% increase in its market share of visits. Boosted by recent success in the Tour de France, the Lance Armstrong Store’s Web site was third on the Hitwise list of fast movers. The site, store-laf.org, jumped 8,424 positions and ranked 3,465th at the end of the week. The increase in market-share visits was 236.25%.

For the complete list of the week’s 25 fastest-moving retail Web sites from Internet intelligence firm Hitwise, click on Industry Data.

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Albertsons To Test In-Store Health Clinics

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Boise, Idaho, Albertsons has signed a deal with Take Care Health Systems to test its in-store Health Centers in six Osco Drug Stores in the greater Kansas City market. The clinics will be staffed by certified nurse practitioners who will provide diagnosis and treatment of common family illnesses, administer vaccines and perform diagnostic screenings. Customers will be able to visit the clinics without an appointment.

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FINANCE

CVS Sees Quarterly Profit, Sales Rise

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Chicago, CVS Corp. reported an 18% increase in quarterly profit and a 5.1% rise in July sales in stores open at least a year. The increases are attributed to the greater demand for prescription drugs and more general merchandise sales.

CVS surpassed its expected profits. Analysts had expected a profit of 31 cents per share, but the drugstore chain’s profit rose 33 cents per share to $275.9 million. Last year, profits were $234.5 million, or 28 cents per share.

Preliminary figures revealed a 6.1% increase in pharmacy same-store sales and a 2.9% increase in same-store general merchandise comparable sales for the month of July. CVS will release its final July sales numbers on Thursday.

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