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Walmart loses round in lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — A class action lawsuit charging Walmart with unequal pay for women who work at the discounter can go to trial, a federal appeals court has ruled. A class action lawsuit charging Walmart with unequal pay for women who work at the discounter can go to trial, a federal appeals court has ruled.

A rebirth in retail pharmacy

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Retailers and suppliers are creating “a health and wellness renaissance,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer Steven Anderson said at the organization’s annual meeting here. Retailers and suppliers are creating “a health and wellness renaissance,” National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer

H.E.B. tests format as Aldi enters Texas

DALLAS — No-frills supermarket chain Aldi opened nine stores in this market last month, while H.E. Butt Grocery Co. (H.E.B.) debuted its own limited-assortment store in Houston. No-frills supermarket chain Aldi opened nine stores in this market last month, while H.E. Butt Grocery Co. (H.E.B.) debuted its own limited-assortment store in Houston. “As important as

Dollar General in step with the ‘new consumerism’

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Whether it is revolutionary or evolutionary in nature, there is something exciting happening at Dollar General Corp. The nation’s largest retailer by store count is redefining extreme-value retailing in a way that will challenge all small-box retailers. Whether it is revolutionary or evolutionary in nature, there is something exciting happening at Dollar

MMR Industry Outlook: Retailers’ growth prospects get brighter

NEW YORK — Encouraged recently by improved monthly sales results, retailers are looking forward to a year of growth in 2010. Encouraged recently by improved monthly sales results, retailers are looking forward to a year of growth in 2010. By most accounts, retail sales will see a modest gain, on an annual basis. Yet any

Wellness+ loyalty program rolled out by Rite Aid

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has begun offering its customers across the country a rewards program that gives them access to free health and wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices. Rite Aid Corp. has begun offering its customers across the country a rewards program that gives them access to

Proprietary card adopted at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has stopped issuing Visa credit cards to its shoppers and is now offering new cardholders access to the company’s proprietary credit card. Target Corp. has stopped issuing Visa credit cards to its shoppers and is now offering new cardholders access to the company’s proprietary credit card. Shoppers who already have a

Asda looks to grow

LONDON — Walmart’s Asda chain has outlined a number of ambitious growth plans taking advantage of new opportunities and leveraging its global scale. Walmart’s Asda chain has outlined a number of ambitious growth plans taking advantage of new opportunities and leveraging its global scale. The United Kingdom chain aspires to be the nonfood market leader

Costco pharmacy executive lauded

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Charles Burnett, senior vice president of pharmacy at Costco Wholesale Corp., has received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Charles Burnett, senior vice president of pharmacy at Costco Wholesale Corp., has received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National

Tough times for general merchandise

NEW YORK — The recession has had a major impact on the general merchandise department, as many consumers have limited purchases of discretionary items and even some consumable items. The recession has had a major impact on the general merchandise department, as many consumers have limited purchases of discretionary items and even some consumable items.

An eventful NACDS meeting

The 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is history. The 2010 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores is history. Among the events that highlighted the meeting were these: • The generally upbeat tone that characterized the three-day conference and punctuated the various business meetings between retailers

Urban residents should have access to Walmart

It’s time for big cities to overcome their fear of Walmart. It’s time for big cities to overcome their fear of Walmart. The problem surfaced again recently as the world’s largest retailer worked to counter opposition to plans for its second location in Chicago and a spate of news reports appeared about the company’s search