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Target names Salazar to board of directors

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis – Target has named former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to its board of directors.

Salazar, 58, was a US Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He was named Secretary of the Interior in January 2009 and stepped down in April 2013. Last month, he became a partner for the international law firm WilmerHale. Salazar is the 12th member of Target’s board.

Mary Dillon resigned from the board of directors of Target last month after she was named CEO of Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance Inc.

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Rite Aid monthly same-store sales improve

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Camp Hill, Pa. – Rite Aid reported a slight boost in monthly same-store sales but a decreased in year-to-date same-store sales. For the four weeks ended June 29, 2013, same-store sales increased 0.7% from the prior-year period. June front-end same store sales increased 0.4%, while pharmacy same store sales increased 0.9% despite the negative impact of generics.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 0.2% to almost $1.93 billion. Prescription sales accounted for 67.4% of drugstore sales and third-party prescription sales represented 97% of pharmacy sales.

In addition, same-store sales for the 17-week period ended June 29, 2013 decreased 1.7% from the prior-year period. Front-end same-store sales increased 0.4% while pharmacy same-store sales decreased 2.7%.

Total drugstore sales for the 17 weeks ended June 29, 2013 decreased 2.1% with sales of $8.19 billion compared to $8.36 billion for the same period last year. Prescription sales represented 67.5% of total drugstore sales and third-party prescription sales represented 97% of pharmacy sales.

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ACLU files complaint against Whole Foods

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Austin, Texas – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico is filing a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau against Whole Foods Market on behalf of two Spanish-speaking employees.

The employees allege that in June 2013 a Whole Foods store in Albuquerque suspended them for a day for complaining about a company policy they say prevented them from speaking Spanish on the job. Both employees said they are still prevented from speaking Spanish.

Whole Foods has not formally addressed the complaint yet, but a spokesperson told the Associated Press the company has changed its rules about speaking Spanish on the job, is educating all employees and managers across the company about the new rules and has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination.

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