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Walgreens launches social responsibility website

BY CSA STAFF

Deerfield, Ill. Walgreen Co. said Thursday it has launched a newly designed website that emphasizes the drugstore retailer’s commitment to community, diversity, supplier diversity, disability inclusion and the environment.

The new site showcases video clips about the company’s health and wellness programs. It also features new eco-friendly initiatives including efforts to reduce plastic bag usage, a cell phone and printer cartridge recycling program now at all store locations and a behind-the-scenes look at Walgreens participation in Earth Hour 2010 at New York’s Times Square.

Additional programs featured on the site include the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, expanded food centers in urban areas designated as food deserts, a pilot program in Dallas aimed at hiring people with disabilities in stores, and the Community Corner program that helps customers easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies.

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Whole Foods 3Q sales up 15%

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AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market reported that sales for the third quarter ended July 4 increased 15% to $2.2 billion. Comparable-store sales increased 8.8%, or 6.3% on a two-year stacked basis. Identical-store sales, excluding three relocations, increased 8.4%, or 4.6% on a two-year stacked basis.

Income available to common shareholders increased 88% to $65.7 million from $35 million last year,and diluted earnings per share increased 53% to 38 cents.

“We are pleased with our results which compare very favorably to most other food retailers and show we are continuingto gain market share. Our identical-store sales increased 8.4%, accelerating from the second quarter and our highestincrease since 2006. Despite tougher comparisons and the recent dip in reported consumer confidence, our two-yearstacked identical-store sales also sequentially increased to 4.6%,” said John Mackey, co-chief executive officer and co-founderof Whole Foods Market.

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DSW reports quarterly sales growth

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COLUMBUS, Ohio DSW announced net sales for the second quarter ended July 31 increased 12.3% to $415.1 million compared with $369.5 million for the quarter ended Aug. 1, 2009. Same-store sales increased 12% for the comparable period versus a decrease of 2.9% last year.

The company said it now estimates an annual comparable-store sales increase of approximately 7% to 9% and annual diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.80 to $1.95 for fiscal 2010.  This is updated from the company’s previous estimate of an annual comparable store sales increase of approximately 6% to 8% and annual diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.65 to $1.75 for fiscal 2010.  Fiscal 2009 annual diluted earnings per share were $1.23.

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