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Publix 2Q Sales Up 3.5%

BY CSA STAFF

Lakeland, Fla. Publix announced that sales for its second quarter of 2008 were $5.9 billion, up 3.5% from $5.7 billion last year. Same-store sales for the quarter increased 1.3%.

Meanwhile, net earnings for the second quarter were down 3.5% to $295.8 million this year, compared to $306.4 million in 2007.

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Jewel-Osco launches pharmacy loyalty program

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MELROSE PARK, Ill. Supervalu-owned Jewel-Osco has launched Prescription Plus, a new pharmacy loyalty program which will reward frequent pharmacy customers with special discounts on future grocery purchases.

The program awards customers a 10% discount coupon after every five prescriptions filled at the pharmacy when using their Jewel-Osco Preferred Card. New, transferred, and refilled medication orders count toward earning the valuable discount which can be redeemed at the grocery checkout.

“The Prescription Plus program is Jewel-Osco Pharmacy’s way of responding to the tough economic challenges many of our customers face today,” said Tom Rousonelos, vp of Osco pharmacy operations. “Jewel-Osco aims to offer the most value-added pharmacy experience available.”

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Talbots names public relations vp

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HINGHAM, Mass. Talbots announced the appointment of Meredith Paley as vp of public relations for the Talbots brand, responsible for directing its fashion public relations initiatives.

Paley most recently served as group vp of public relations and public affairs at Kenneth Cole Productions, a role she held for the past seven years.

 

Paley commented, I am very excited to join Talbots, as I have long admired its strong heritage and loyal customer base. I look forward to working with the marketing and creative teams to build on this classic brand.

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