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McDonald’s global same-store sales increase 1.2% in January

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oak Park, Ill. – McDonald’s Corporation reported a 1.2% increase in global same-store sales during January 2014. That includes a decrease of 3.3% in U.S. same-store sales amid what McDonald’s called broad-based challenges including severe winter weather.

Across the U.S., McDonald’s says it is focused on regaining positive momentum with customer engagement, menu choice and operations excellence initiatives designed to enhance the customer experience. In other global markets, same-store sales grew 2% in Europe and 5.4% in APMEA (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa).

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Dick’s same-store sales rise 7% in Q4

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pittsburgh – Same-store sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. rose 6% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, unshifted for the 53rd week in fiscal 2012. The same-store sales results compare to guidance provided in November 2013 for a 2% to 3% increase on an unshifted basis.

Because of the better-than-expected same-store sales results and merchandise margin, partially offset by higher incentive compensation, the company now expects consolidated earnings per diluted share of approximately $1.10 to $1.11 for fourth quarter 2013, compared to guidance of $1.04 to $1.07 provided in November 2013. Dick’s also now expects consolidated non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of approximately $2.68 to 2.69 for the fiscal year 2014, compared to guidance of $2.62 to 2.65 provided in November 2013.

"Even with the cautious consumer environment and a shorter and promotional holiday season, we generated sales well above our original expectations, maintained merchandise margin levels consistent with last year and leveraged SG&A," said Edward W. Stack, chairman and CEO. "We enter 2014 with a robust and growing omni-channel network and exciting merchandising opportunities, which we believe will translate into double-digit earnings growth."

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Mackinson’s Supermarkets tracks behavior via nutrition app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Waconia, Minn. – Mackenthun’s Supermarket hopes to gain insight into shopper behavior through analyzing scans performed with the ShopWell nutrition personalization app. Shopper preferences and behaviors can now be segmented by gender, age, food allergies, or nutritional goals.

ShopWell’s algorithms provide shoppers with a single score and red, yellow, green ratings for food they scan, based on their unique needs. Specifically, the ShopWell scoring system assesses a product based on the shopper’s age, gender, health goals and how well the product meets their ingredient and nutrition preferences. The app also recommends healthier items if the product scanned is not a good fit. Mackenthun’s then has access to anonymized, aggregated shopper data to help shape decisions on product mix, merchandizing, and promotions.

"The ShopWell partnership will enable us to better serve our health and wellness focused shoppers" said Ed Gardeski, general manager at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods. "The nutritional requirements of our shoppers are more diverse than ever and we are committed to helping them develop eating habits tailored to enhance their health and wellbeing without sacrificing the quality and flavor they have come to expect from Mackenthun’s."

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