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L.L. Bean to Offer Free Holiday Shipping

BY CSA STAFF

Freeport, Maine, L.L. Bean is offering free holiday shipping after strong sales during the spring and summer months.

L.L. Bean also said sales were up 8% during the company’s “spring season” from March through August. As a result, the company is giving cash bonuses to employees and offering free shipping to customers between Friday and Dec. 21, said Chris McCormick, company president and CEO.

Under the bonus plan, employees hired before Feb. 26 would receive bonuses of $165, and those hired after that date will receive a pro-rated amount. Bonuses will total about $1 million.

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Walgreen’s 4Q Drops

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CHICAGO One of the nation’s biggest drug store chain operators announced that its fourth-quarter profit dropped nearly 4%, according to Monday’s reports.

Walgreens explained that because of lower reimbursements for popular generic drugs and increased store and staff costs, their net income tumbled.

According to the company’s earnings report, total expenses increased by more than 11% to $12.8 billion, which chairman Jeffrey Rein said was out of line with reimbursements the company received. Prescription sales accounted for nearly two-thirds of the company’s business.

“Managing both expenses and lower reimbursements on some generic drugs is my top priority,” he said in a company release. “We’re going to fix this, and at the same time continue our aggressive growth plan.”

While company’s revenues rose more than 10% to $13.4 billion from $12.2 billion, its net income slipped to $396.5 million, compared to $412.3 million earnings at the same time last year. 

For the year, the company said that its earnings increased by to $2.04 billion ($2.03 per share), compared with $1.75 billion ($1.72 per share).

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Jonathan Adler creates giftware line for B&N

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NEW YORK Barnes & Noble is teaming up with ceramist Jonathan Adler for a new collection this fall.

According to reports, the line will launch in 400 stores on Oct. 20, and will include items such as an umbrella, mug and a vase made exclusively for Barnes & Noble. The collection will range in price from $5.95 and $29.95.

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