Record Halloween Spending Expected

Record Halloween Spending Expected

NEW YORK — Americans are expected to spend $8.4 billion on candy, costumes, decorations and other Halloween-related merchandise, according to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. That is an all-time high in the survey’s 11-year history. That breaks down to

GSK Consumer Health showcases new Innovation Labs

GSK Consumer Health showcases new Innovation Labs

WARREN, N.J. — GSK Consumer Healthcare has unveiled state-of-the-art Innovation Labs designed to help the company better meet consumer needs. The facilities, at the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Warren, N.J., cover a product’s life cycle, spanning research, development, testing, in-store placement and e-commerce. The

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

Loblaw, SDM rejoin Neighbourhood Pharmacies

TORONTO — Loblaw Cos., which as Canada’s largest food and drug retailer operates the Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw chains, is rejoining the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, the nation’s retail pharmacy trade group. Neighbourhood Pharmacies said Friday that Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart is returning to

WBA beats Wall Street’s 4Q, full-year earnings forecast

WBA beats Wall Street’s 4Q, full-year earnings forecast

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As talks roll on to gain regulatory clearance for its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) posted adjusted earnings for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year that topped Wall Street’s estimates. WBA said Thursday that GAAP net

Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal date extended

Walgreens-Rite Aid merger deal date extended

DEERFIELD, Ill., and CAMP HILL, Pa. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and Rite Aid Corp. are expanding the time frame for completing their planned $17.2 billion merger deal. WBA and Rite Aid said Thursday that they have extended the end date for the agreement to



Walgreens launches ship-to-store service

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Driving its omnichannel strategy, Walgreens has introduced a ship-to-store option for orders made online or via its mobile application. The drug chain said Monday that customers can pick up eligible online and mobile app retail orders at its more than 7,600 Walgreens

Supervalu sells Save-A-Lot for nearly $1.4 billion

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. has agreed to sell its Save-A-Lot hard discount grocery chain to private equity firm Onex Corp. for $1.365 billion in cash. The deal comes more than year after Supervalu announced that it was exploring options for a separation of the Save-A-Lot

Food Lion completes revamp of Charlotte stores

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion on Wednesday officially introduced customers in greater Charlotte, N.C., to 142 renovated stores in the market. The company said it has made a landmark $215 million capital investment in the market this year, with the money spent on remodeling the

Walmart ramps up for Wellness Day event

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — This weekend, Walmart is making another pitch to consumers to come to its stores for their health care needs. On Saturday, Oct. 15, more than 4,600 Walmart stores nationwide are slated to host Walmart Wellness Day, in which the retail giant said

Amazon to expand grocery business with stores

SEATTLE — Inc. plans to boost its grocery business by opening small brick-and-mortar stores that would sell perishable items such as milk, meat and produce, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with retailer’s intentions. Once inside the stores, shoppers could use


Troy Healthcare adds Stopain Migraine

HAZLETON, Pa. — Troy Healthcare on Tuesday announced the addition of Stopain Migraine to its Stopain line. The new product is a topical pain relieving gel that is massaged onto the back of the neck and behind each ear. Stopain Migraine features a homeopathic blend

Hershey’s new 2016 Halloween offerings

HERSHEY, Pa — The Hershey Co. has an assortment of new Halloween-themed products available this year. These include the following: • Reese’s White Peanut Butter Ghosts Snack Size:White crème-coated ghosts filled with classic peanut butter filling, available in a 10.2-ounce size selling for a suggested

Mars Chocolate, Wrigley to become one business unit

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars Inc. plans to meld its Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments to form one global candy business unit called Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Mars said Thursday that the move comes as its has gained full ownership of Wrigley, which it acquired in 2008.

Ansell adds Excite gel to SKYN line

ISELIN, N.J. — Ansell has expanded its SKYN sexual wellness collection with SKYN Excite Female Stimulating Gel. The company said SKYN Excite Gel — designed and tested by women — combines high-quality ingredients which, when used with the suggested massage technique, ensure a more exciting

L’Oréal Paris USA president Karen Fondu to retire

NEW YORK — Karen Fondu, president of L’Oréal Paris USA, plans to retire at the end of 2016 after 37 years with the beauty care company. Karen Fondu L’Oréal said Tuesday that Ikdeep Singh, president of the consumer products division of L’Oréal Canada, take over