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Walgreens selling pharmacy benefits management unit for $525 million

BY CSA STAFF

Deerfield, Ill. –Walgreen Co. said Wednesday it is leaving the pharmacy benefits management business, selling its Walgreens Health Initiatives operation to Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. for $525 million in cash. The deal will leave Walgreens free to focus on its drug store network, which is the largest in the United States.

Walgreens’ pharmacy benefits management business has never approached the size of Caremark, the pharmacy benefits management business of CVS Caremark Corp.,

The deal more than doubles Catalyst’s size, bringing its total membership to about 18 million members from 7 million. The Rockville, Md., company said it will handle about 165 million prescriptions a year after the deal is complete, compared to about 80 million previously.

Walgreens and Catalyst expect to complete the deal by the end of June pending regulators approval.

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Bon-Ton Q4 income, sales up

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York, Penn. –Bon-Ton Stores Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit climbed 6%.

The department store chain said its net income rose to $85 million for the period ended Jan. 29, up from $80.3 million a year earlier.

Revenue edged up 1% to $1.03 billion from $1.02 billion.

Revenue at stores open at least a year rose 0.8%.

Bon-Ton Stores’ annual net income was $21.5 million. In the prior year, it lost $4.1 million.

Full-year revenue increased 1% to $3.05 billion from $3.03 billion. Same-store sales were up 0.9%.

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Target Clinic to open seven new locations

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Minneapolis –Target Clinic plans to open eight new locations in 2011. The in-store centers offer treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, skin treatments, vaccinations, tests and screenings, which are administered by health care professionals.

The new clinics will open in Target stores in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale-Davie areas by the end of July.

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