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Discounters cautious

The nation’s two leading discount chains, Walmart and Target Corp., ended their fiscal years with somewhat varied results, but executives at both chains voiced cautious optimism about the year ahead.

Some assets to be sold by Sears

Sears Holdings Corp. will spin off some 1,250 small stores and sell 11 full-line units to help offset a $2.4 billion fourth quarter loss.

Pending PBM merger draws fire from Rx

As the Federal Trade Commission continues to scrutinize the proposed merger of two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits managers, the companies’ top executives continue to question the value of community pharmacists in the nation’s health care system.

Wary consumers take toll on Safeway

Rising gasoline and food prices hurt Safeway Inc.’s sales in the fourth quarter, as consumers had less money to spend on discretionary purchases in its stores.

Save-A-Lot adds to its store base

Save-A-Lot is slated to open four stores this month after debuting nine in February.

Essential everyday line rolled out by Supervalu

Supervalu Inc. has launched its new Essential Everyday store brand at selected independent grocers.

Itís all about customer service

Retailers in 2012 will focus on their customers as they strive to increase their “share of wallet” and accelerate sales growth, according to a new report.