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Report: Publix to Install Health Information Kiosks in GreenWise Markets

BY CSA STAFF

Lakeland, Fla., Publix Super Markets plans to install health and wellness information kiosks in its Publix GreenWise Market stores to provide shoppers with healthy living ideas and recipes during their shopping trips, according to ProgressiveGrocer.com.

Publix will offer Healthnotes Connect “Fresh Ideas” kiosks from Portland, Ore.-based Healthnotes, Inc. in response to growing consumer interest in health and healthy eating.

The installation will be an in-store extension of a service Publix has been using online for the past three years under the “Wellness & Pharmacy” section of its Web site.

Publix’s first stand-alone GreenWise Market store is slated to open this fall in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Additional GreenWise markets are planned to open in 2008 and 2009.

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August sales up, but less than expected

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August sales rose by 0.3%, less than expected and the biggest decline (0.4%) in almost a year, according to a government report. The numbers exclude automotive sales.

Retail sales excluding cars, parts and gasoline, fell 0.1%, the steepest decline since April. Core retail sales were unchanged in August after a 0.8% gain in July.

Purchases of motor vehicles and parts, which make up around one-fifth of all sales, rose 2.8%, the biggest rise since July of last year. Sales fell 2.4% at gas stations.

Clothing store sales slipped 0.1%, building materials and garden supply store sales fell 1%, and department store sales dropped 0.2%. Sales at food and beverage stores held steady.

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AnnTaylor launches new high-end fashion line

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NEW YORK AnnTaylor Stores Corp will roll out a high-end fashion line in 24 of its top stores next week. The line, called ‘Collection’, will be available on the company’s Web site in late September or early October, according to Maria Sceppaguercio, a spokeswoman for the company.

‘Collection’ is set to be 40% more expensive than the company’s usual merchandise, on average, and includes about 50 items, said Sceppaguercio.

AnnTaylor is also launching a line of beauty products and a new chain that will target baby boomers.

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