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San Francisco bans tobacco at pharmacies

BY CSA STAFF

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco voted to ban the sale of tobacco products at most pharmacies, making it the first city in the nation to do so. The ban targets pharmacies such as Walgreens and Rite Aid, but does not apply to warehouses or supermarkets.

According to reports, those in favor of the ban felt that is something consumers associate with health and therefor should not sell harmful products like tobacco. Those opposed felt that it unfairly singled out Walgreens and Rite Aid and would hurt business. In addition, supporters felt that the decision to purchase tobacco products should be up to the consumer.

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Best Buy to expand instrument offerings

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MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy confirmed reports that it will begin offering musical instruments and musical recording equipment at an additional 75-85 Best Buy stores across the U.S. and online at www.BestBuy.com. The diverse musical instrument and recording line-up will include more than 1,000 guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and recording equipment, as well as other musical instruments and accessories, all available at entry level and professional price points.

The introduction of musical instruments is a natural progression for Best Buy, explained Steve Hehir, senior vp of musical instruments for Best Buy. Consumers have always looked to us as a resource for music in a variety of formats. Now theyll be able to rely on us for help with musical performance and creating too. 

Seven Best Buy stores in Southern California and Minneapolis participated in a successful pilot of the musical instruments store-within-a-store concept that launched earlier this year. The program recently expanded to Chicago and Washington, bringing the current musical instrument store count to ten. The rollout to 75-85 Best Buy stores is expected to continue through late December. For consumers who are unable to visit a store location or who prefer shopping online, BestBuy.com will offer an expanded musical instrument assortment beginning Aug. 1.

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Report: Court reverses ruling on Whole Foods, Wild Oats deal

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WASHINGTON According to reports, a U.S. appeals court has reversed a lower court decision last year that enabled Whole Foods Market to buy Wild Oats Markets, despite the objections of the Federal Trade Commission.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reportedly said that U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman wrongfully turned down the FTC’s request for an injunction to block the deal, saying he “underestimated the FTC’s likelihood of success on the merits.”

Judge Friedman had denied the FTC’s request on the grounds that it did not prove that the merger between the two companies would hurt competition.

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