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LEADING HEADLINES

NRF says retailers disappointed by AHCA failure

NRF says retailers disappointed by AHCA failure

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation (NRF) said it was disappointed that the House failed to vote on the Obamacare repeal-and-replace law on Friday. “This bill doesn’t do everything that should be done, but real reform could have been achieved today,” NRF vice president for

Sears admits doubts about its survival

Sears admits doubts about its survival

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. acknowledged on Tuesday that its ongoing existence was in question. “Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern,” the retailer noted in its annual report for the

Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

Walmart claims biggest share in personal care market

SHELTON, Conn. — Walmart holds the largest share of the personal care market among all retailers, according to TABS Analytics. Meanwhile, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens have helped make rewards programs consumers’ preferred vehicle for getting deals on personal care items, the 2017 TABS Personal Care Study

Joe Grieshaber to lead Fred Meyer

Joe Grieshaber to lead Fred Meyer

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has named Joe Grieshaber president of Fred Meyer Stores. He replaces Jeff Burt, who resigned on Monday to head Target Corp.’s grocery business. Grieshaber has been serving as president of Kroger’s Columbus division. Succeeding him in that role will be Dan De

Target taps Jeff Burt as grocery head

Target taps Jeff Burt as grocery head

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. on Monday announced the appointment of Jeff Burt as senior vice president, grocery, fresh food and beverage. Burt joins Target from Kroger Co., where he most recently served as president of the Fred Meyer division. He will assume his new post

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RETAIL NEWS

Publix expanding health care offerings

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Pharmacy is working with BayCare Health System to provide a range of pharmacy and health care destinations in the Tampa Bay and central Florida region. Publix Super Markets Inc. said Friday that the partnership will initially include BayCare-bannered telehealth centers in

Target to expand in Manhattan

NEW YORK —Target on Monday announced plans to open a 43,000-square-foot small-format store in Manhattan’s Herald Square, across the street from Macy’s flagship store and just one block from the commuter hub at Penn Station. The new store is set to open in October, and

CVS to launch Reduced Rx savings program

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health plans to serve up discounts on certain medications via a new prescription drug savings program called Reduced Rx. CVS said Thursday that Reduced Rx is designed to help patients with high out-of-pocket costs afford vital medications. The discounts will be

Dollar General sales rise 13.7% in Q4

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings of $414.2 million, or $1.49 per share. Revenue rose 13.7% to $6.01 billion. For the fiscal year, the discounter posted a profit of $1.25 billion, or $4.43 per share, the company announced on Thursday.

WBA reportedly ups ante for Rite Aid deal approval

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance is reportedly prepared to divest even more stores and other assets to Fred’s Inc. in order to win approval for its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that WBA is “nearing an agreement” to

SUPPLIER NEWS

Gillette touts smoother shaving with Venus ComfortGlide

BOSTON — Gillette said it’s bringing women a higher level of shaving comfort with its new Venus ComfortGlide razors. The Procter & Gamble shaving brand said Gillette Venus ComfortGlide razors sport flexible moisture bars to glide seamlessly over and into every curve of a woman’s

Pantene celebrates hairstyle diversity

CINCINNATI — Pantene is launching new advertising featuring singer and brand ambassador Jillian Hervey that celebrates hairstyle diversity. Part of the next chapter of Pantene’s “Strong Is Beautiful” campaign, the new ad highlights the heritage, diversity and beauty of African-American hair. Hervey and African-American women

Nature Made launches four new products

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Nature Made has rolled out four new products: an omega-3 with added absorption, a daily immune care supplement, a probiotic with vitamin B12 gummy and a multivitamin with omega-3 for men. The Pharmavite LLC vitamin and supplement brand said the new items

ECRM/MMR Buyers Choice Awards in snacks, dry grocery

LAS VEGAS — Baruvi Fresh LLC’s Hummustir and Lesley Elizabeth’s Spinach Seasoning won the ECRM/MMR Buyers Choice Awards during ECRM’s Winter Snack & Dry Grocery EPPS held last month in Las Vegas. The two companies were selected from more than a dozen entries in the

Revlon tabs L’Oréal veteran to lead Elizabeth Arden

NEW YORK — Former L’Oréal executive Serge Jureidini is joining Revlon Inc. as president of Elizabeth Arden & Fragrances. Revlon said Tuesday that Jureidini will take over from JuE Wong, president of Elizabeth Arden, who is leaving the company effective March 31, and George Cleary,

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