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Issue 11-12-2012

In Sandy’s aftermath

NEW YORK — The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is expected to shift consumer priorities in the crucial holiday shopping season. The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is expected to shift consumer priorities in the crucial holiday shopping season. The result could be weaker-than-expected sales for department stores and specialty apparel stores, particularly in November, as consumers

Chains step forward to provide aid

NEW YORK — Retailers have once again proven to be among the first responders in times of natural disaster. Walmart pledged to donate up to $1.5 million to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding America to help with relief efforts. Retailers have once again proven to be among the first responders in times

Mass chains eke out monthly sales gains

NEW YORK — October mass market retail sales were less than stellar, even though results did not, for the most part, reflect any major impact from Hurricane Sandy. Department stores, on the other hand, outperformed analysts’ expectations. October mass market retail sales were less than stellar, even though results did not, for the most part,

Rivals vie for Walmart’s lead

WILTON, Conn. — Amazon is among the companies challenging Walmart as the “power retailer” of the future, according to Kantar Retail’s 2012 PoweRanking report. Amazon is among the companies challenging Walmart as the “power retailer” of the future, according to Kantar Retail’s 2012 PoweRanking report. Walmart is still viewed by the manufacturers surveyed for the

Supervalu’s Shaw’s set to cut jobs

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass — Supervalu Inc.’s Shaw’s Supermarkets subsidiary announced earlier this month that it will trim nearly 700 workers from its store-level workforce. Supervalu Inc.’s Shaw’s Supermarkets subsidiary announced earlier this month that it will trim nearly 700 workers from its store-level workforce. The reductions will occur across 169 Shaw’s and Star Market stores

Walgreens introduces Ology label

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. has unveiled Ology, a new line of baby and personal care products as well as household cleaners. The line was designed to be the first affordable, nationally accessible brand with formulations free of harmful chemicals. Walgreen Co. has unveiled Ology, a new line of baby and personal care products as

Boston is eyed by Whole Foods

CHELSEA, Mass. — Whole Foods Market Inc. has purchased six leases from Johnnie’s Foodmaster, a family-owned grocery chain based here. The transaction is expected to close November 30. Terms were not disclosed. Johnnie’s will shutter all six locations prior to the closing date. Whole Foods Market Inc. has purchased six leases from Johnnie’s Foodmaster, a

Drug chains respond to crisis

Within the mass retailing community it was America’s chain drug retailers that responded most immediately, most proactively and most effectively before and after Hurricane Sandy destroyed much of the East Coast of the United States. Within the mass retailing community it was America’s chain drug retailers that responded most immediately, most proactively and most effectively

Consumer connection maintained by Target

Kantar Retail has issued its “2012 PowerRanking” report on retailers and consumer products manufacturers. Among the wealth of insights contained in the study is ample confirmation of Target’s standing among the leaders in terms of meeting the needs of consumers. Kantar Retail has issued its “2012 PowerRanking” report on retailers and consumer products manufacturers. Among