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Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. posted a $2 billion profit in its first quarter, largely on a windfall from the sale of its convenience stores. On the operations side of the business, online sales jumped 66% as overall sales rose 3.4% to $37.5 billion. Comparable-store sales

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer free HIV testing

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to offer free HIV testing

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS service organizations, and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in

Supervalu seeks to become a holding company

Supervalu seeks to become a holding company

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. on Tuesday said it was proposing a plan to tranform itself into a holding company. The change in corporate structure would help enable the company’s strategic transformation, according to Supervalu proposal, which was outlined in a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus filed with

Mars Wrigley Confectionery appoints new global president

Mars Wrigley Confectionery appoints new global president

MCLEAN, Va. — Mars Inc. has named Andrew Clarke, currently chief marketing and customer officer, to the role of global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke will assume his new role in September. He will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s global headquarters in Chicago. Since

Ahead of Aetna merger, CVS names exec team

Ahead of Aetna merger, CVS names exec team

WOONSOCKET, R.I.­ — CVS Health has announced the management team that, following the close of the Aetna acquisition, will lead the combined company into the future. Aetna will operate as a stand-alone business unit within the CVS Health enterprise following the close and will be

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RETAIL NEWS

Thrifty White teams with PrescribeWellness

IRVINE, Calif.– PrescribeWellness is partnering with Thrifty White Drug Stores, an employee-owned pharmacy with more than 100 stores in six states. The partnership will further enable Thrifty White pharmacists to provide clinically focused services, enhance the patient experience, improve pharmacy workflow, offer comprehensive patient engagement and

Walmart to sell majority stake in Brazil operation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Monday said it has sold a majority stake in its Brazilian operations to a private equity firm. The move is the second pullback from an international market this year for Walmart, which in April announced that it would merge its

Hy-Vee opens its first Wahlburgers restaurant

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Wahlberg brothers — actors Donnie and Mark, and chef Paul — were on hand at the Mall of America here on Thursday for the grand opening of their newest Wahlburgers restaurant, which is the first to feature Hy-Vee Inc. as its

Rite Aid unveils safe medication disposal program

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In an effort to combat drug abuse and misuse, Rite Aid Corp. said Friday it plans to install 100 medication disposal units in selected pharmacies over the next year. The units offer people a free, safe and convenient way to dispose

Dollar General posts sales gains in first quarter

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. said Thursday that revenue jumped 30.5% to $6.1 billion in its first quarter as net sales increased 9%. Comparable-store sales rose 2.1% in the 13 weeks to May 4. First-quarter net income rose 9% to $365 million, or $1.36

SUPPLIER NEWS

Bausch + Lomb Introduces Ocuvite Blue Light eye vitamins

LAVAL, Quebec — Bausch + Lomb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, is introducing Ocuvite Blue Light eye vitamins, a nutritional supplement formulated with lutein and zeaxanthin, the two carotenoid pigments naturally found in the eye. The company said this formulation of eye nutrients includes high

Kellogg makes leadership changes

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.— Kellogg Co. made two leadership changes to help drive the company’s growth strategy in the North American and European regions. Chris Hood, currently president of Kellogg Europe, has been named president of Kellogg North America, reporting to chairman and chief executive officer Steve Cahillane.

Kellogg debuts new Raisin Bran cereal with bananas

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg Co. has expanded its Kellogg Raisin Bran cereal lineup to include Kellogg’s Raisin Bran with Bananas. “We’re committed to providing the tasty and nutritious food options our consumers want,” said Sam Minardi, marketing director for Kellogg’s Morning Foods. “So, we looked to consumer

Revlon appoints Mette Towley global brand ambassador

NEW YORK— Revlon has named Mette Towley, dancer and performance artist, as a new global brand ambassador. Towley, known for her viral solo in N.E.R.D’s “Lemon” video, is the latest among a roster of women to represent the brand’s new Live Boldly campaign launched earlier

Garnier products receive sustainability recognition

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Five products in L’Oréal USA’s Garnier SkinActive line have achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver recognition. The product line, manufactured at L’Oréal USA’s facility in Franklin, N.J., earned this certification based on an evaluation of material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and