December 28, 2012

Rite Aid last week posted a third quarter profit of $61.9 million, marking the first time Rite Aid has been back in the quarterly black since June 2007. The quarterly report beat analyst expectations as the generic wave and retention of Express Scripts customers helped drive better-than-expected adjusted EBIDTA.

It's certainly a timely Christmas gift that Rite Aid delivered to those shareholders who believed in the Pennsylvania pharmacy operation when it's stock hovered around $1 per share; in the week following the third quarter conference call Rite Aid's stock price was up some 40%.

December 21, 2012

On behalf of the editors and publishers of Drug Store News, Happy New Year to all! Drug Store News is closed for New Year's Eve and Day. The website and DSN A.M. enewsletter will resume publishing on Jan. 2.

December 20, 2012

More consumers plan to spend more on holiday shopping this year than last, according to a new Nielsen survey.

December 19, 2012

Walgreens will keep stores open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to allow last-minute Christmas shopping, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

December 13, 2012

Holiday shoppers continued their quest for the perfect gifts during the week ended Dec. 8, according to ShopperTrak. Consumer activity drove a 7.8% increase in foot traffic and 6.5% increase in sales from the previous week.

December 6, 2012

Sartori Cheese has started a special promotion on Facebook in anticipation of the holiday season, the company said Thursday.

December 6, 2012

Disney and creative genius Tim Burton — creator of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” — announced the release of "Frankenweenie," the hilarious 3D stop-motion animated masterpiece arriving as a 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand Jan. 8, 2013.

December 3, 2012

Analysis by Shopper Sense founder Lily Lev-Glick, a 20-year shopping behavior analyst and researcher, has revealed holiday shoppers fall into one of three distinct categories.

November 28, 2012

The prestige beauty gift set industry posted double-digit growth year-to-date and looks to be quite promising this holiday, especially makeup and skin care gift sets, according to market research company the NPD Group.

November 21, 2012

More than half of U.S. adults plan to buy holiday gifts during Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey from the Consumer Electronics Association.

November 5, 2012

Seasonal candy generates 40% to 45% of total category sales, according to data from the National Confectioners Association.

November 5, 2012

According to a recent BDO USA survey, chief marketing officers at leading U.S. retailers expect a 3.7% increase in holiday comparable store sales, marking the survey’s most optimistic forecast since 2007, when CMOs projected a 5% increase in comparable store sales.

October 19, 2012

With the holiday shopping season approaching, one group has released a guide to goods produced domestically.

October 15, 2012

More than half of consumers say they plan to spend $500 or more on gifts this holiday season, slightly more than what they planned on spending in 2011, according to PriceGrabber’s winter holiday shopping survey.

October 10, 2012

It seems that consumers' holiday spending intentions are more positive than last year, according to NPD's 11th annual holiday retail study.

September 25, 2012

The air is getting colder and retailers are already gearing up for the Christmas season, but before they do that, they will have to get through Halloween.

September 18, 2012

Housewares have moved beyond the Christmas selling season at drug stores. The products are becoming a year-round category for the channel as drug chains find ways to tie in kitchen items, tabletop accessories and appliances to key selling seasons.

August 27, 2012

It seems that consumers' outlook on the economy is influencing how they will shop this upcoming holiday season, according to a new survey.

July 24, 2012

Sabona of London is offering an in-store retail display as part of its marketing support program for retail partners.

April 13, 2012

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Lewis Drug aims to be its customers’ “first stop for everything,” and the “Four Seasons” department in its newest store helps the chain fill that role.


January 3, 2012

Thanks to a last-minute shopping rush, Christmas 2011 likely will outpace its prior-year counterpart. According to a report released Wednesday by ShopperTrak, consumers spent approximately $44 billion in retail sales for the week ended Dec. 24, a 37.8% increase over the previous week and a 14.8% gain over the same week last year.

December 23, 2011

Rather than take off for Christmas, the editors of Drug Store News took a look at the year ahead and the stories, issues and trends that will make headlines in retail pharmacy in 2012.

December 22, 2011

A report released Wednesday by ShopperTrak found that holiday shoppers boosted sales 21.7% over the previous week and 1.3% over the same week last year.

December 20, 2011

A new survey conducted by Visa revealed that 77% of consumers still need to buy holiday gifts this week.