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CVS to defend gains

CVS Caremark Corp. expects to retain a significant portion of the pharmacy business it gained from Walgreen Co.’s impasses with Express Scripts Inc., despite their recent settlement.

July sales trends are encouraging

Bargain prices and the country’s hottest month on record boosted customer traffic in July, as chains cleared out summer stock to create space for back-to-school products.

FMI helps members respond to new challenges

The pace of change in the supermarket sector is accelerating, and Leslie Sarasin, president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is intent on positioning the association to assist its members as they adapt to evolving market conditions.

Blueprint for future in the works

The strategic plan put in place by the Food Marketing Institute shortly after Leslie Sarasin became its president and chief executive officer a little over three and a half years ago is drawing to a close, having accomplished almost all of the major objectives it included.

Rx powers formalize partnership

Walgreen Co. has received all of the necessary regulatory approvals to complete the initial phase of its takeover of Alliance Boots PLC.

Market bifurcation

The economic turmoil of the past four or five years has led to a polarization of the consumer population, with a shrinking middle class and more Americans who are either wealthy or poor.

Shopko names two senior VPs

Shopko Stores Operating Co. has made two executive appointments its merchandising division.

Supplements pioneer begins next chapter

Over the course of a career that spanned 46 years, David Brubaker can rightly claim to have participated in the creation and development of the modern nutritional supplements industry.

Food with thought

Consumers are paying more attention to what is in the food they eat. Some are counting calories, or watching out for too much sodium or sugar. Others need to avoid gluten or allergens, or want only natural ingredients.