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Stater Bros. 1Q Same-Store Sales Rise

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San Bernardino, Calif. Stater Bros. announced that sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 increased 1.72% to $959.3 million compared to $943 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Same-store sales increased 1.4% or $12.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

The company reported a net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 of $3.5 million compared to a net income of $10.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

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Johnson named SVP DIY and chief marketer at Advance Auto

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ROANOKE, Va. Advance Auto Parts announced the appointment of Greg Johnson as SVP DIY and chief marketing officer. Johnson’s responsibilities include all functions related to the DIY customer including value propositions, customer insights, sales development, market research, and related areas. He will also serve as chief marketing officer for the company and be responsible for marketing, advertising and brand development.

Prior to joining Advance, Johnson most recently served as SVP marketing, strategy and communications for Best Buy. While at Best Buy, he also served as VP consumer marketing and strategy and VP customer centricity.

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Study: Shoppers prefer Walmart for health and beauty purchases

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COLUMBUS, OHIO The majority of shoppers shop Walmart most often for their health and beauty aid purchases, according to the January Retail Ratings Report from BIGresearch.

BIGresearch found that 33.3% of consumers surveyed chose Walmart for their health and beauty purchases, followed by Target (8.1%) and CVS (7.8%).

Walmart’s share of preference increased from 29.7% in January 2008, resulting in a Consumer Equity Index of 111.81. Second place Target’s consumer share increased, with a CEI of 127.14, while third place CVS’ CEI of 121.24 shows positive growth for the corner druggist as well. (*CEI measures growth in share of customer preference year-over-year. An index of 100 is flat, while an index of 105 indicates 5% growth.)

“Price continues to be the driving force behind where consumers shop for staples such as medications and shampoos,” said Pam Goodfellow, senior analyst for BIGresearch. “For instance, we know that practical, budget-bound shoppers who switched their store for prescription drugs in the past year did so primarily based on high prices and the lack of a $4 generic program.”

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