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Rite Aid Promotes Exec

BY CSA STAFF

Camp Hill, Pa. Rite Aid announced that Robert I. Thompson has been promoted to senior VP of the Northeast division where he will supervise operations of more than 1,000 stores.

When Thompson joined Rite Aid in 2004 as VP of pharmacy business development, he was charged with developing and implementing strategic initiatives to grow the company’s pharmacy business. He has been involved in planning and implementing Rite Aid’s integration of the recently purchased Brooks and Eckerd drugstore chains.

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JCPenney reports Feb. comps drop

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PLANO, Texas JCPenney today reported that comparable-store sales decreased 6.7% for the four weeks ended March 1, compared with guidance for a low-single digit decrease. In last year’s February period, comparable-store sales increased 1.5%. Total sales in February decreased 4.4%.

JCPenney said that womens and childrens apparel and family footwear were the best performing merchandise divisions for the February period. The company also commented that its new American Living concept has “enjoyed a good initial customer response.” Home categories and the Southeast region continue to experience the softest results, the company reported.

JCPenney said it expects a low-single digit increase in March comparable-store sales. This is compared to an 11% increase in last years period. Total sales for the March period are expected to be about flat.

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Target meets Feb. comps goals

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MINNEAPOLIS Target today reported that its net retail sales for the four weeks ended March 1 increased 5.9% to $4.4 billion from $4.1 billion for the four weeks ended March 3, 2007. On this same basis, February comparable-store sales increased 0.5%.

Our comparable store sales performance in February was in line with our planned range, said Bob Ulrich, chairman and chief executive officer of Target.

Target had called for February comps to be down 1% to up 1%.

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