August 12, 2014

Rite Aid is getting a head start on the 2014-15 cold and flu season with the announcement Tuesday that seasonal flu shots are now available at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. 

 

December 10, 2013

More than 11 million Americans had vacation plans disrupted by the flu in 2012, according to Walgreens' recent Impact Survey, the company announced Tuesday.

November 27, 2013

U.S. retailers are approaching the holiday shopping season with prudence. According to a July 2013 survey, conducted by e-commerce technology provider Baynote, 38% of retailers project a year-over-year increase in online sales of just 11% to 20%.

November 26, 2013

Moody's on Tuesday cut against the grain with its holiday forecasts by suggesting pent-up demand will help give retailers a reason to celebrate Black Friday despite concerns of another government shutdown in January.

November 4, 2013

Underwhelming fall sales and continued economic and federal budgetary concerns have U.S. retailers in a “wait and see” mode this holiday season, according to a recent BDO USA survey released Monday.

October 24, 2013

Shoppers Drug Mart has announced that Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, received her flu shot on Thursday from a local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist to kick-off the flu immunization season and encourage others to get the flu shot.

October 18, 2013

One of the casualties associated with the recent government shutdown and game of chicken that legislators played with the nation's debt ceiling is consumer confidence. And this will have significant ramifications coming into the fourth quarter holiday season, especially as the debate over government spending and the debt ceiling crisis has not been resolved but only delayed until January.

Holding the holiday season hostage means Washington has lost big points with big retail, and IRI measured the impact. Reminiscent of recession shopping behaviors, almost two-in-three consumers are cutting back on non-essential spending; half are again gravitating toward private label or other value propositions and two in five are beginning to scour online resources in search of coupons and deals.

October 16, 2013

Consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, decor, greeting cards and more, 2% less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year. Despite this reduction in individual holiday budgets, NRF is forecasting holiday sales will increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion.

February 13, 2013

Shopper activity will continue to improve intermittently through the first half of 2013, according to ShopperTrak, the world's largest counter of retail foot traffic.

February 7, 2013

The team of pharmacists at Rexall Pharma Plus administered 190,000 of the more than 200,000 flu shots provided by pharmacists in Ontario this flu season, the Canadian retailer announced.

December 20, 2012

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

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

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 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.

September 27, 2012

Safeway on Thursday announced the availability of flu shots on a walk-in basis at all Safeway pharmacy locations.

January 17, 2012

ShopperTrak reported Monday that national retail sales, when compared with the same period last year, rose 3.5% during November and December, while foot traffic decreased 3.1%.

December 20, 2011

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

December 14, 2011

A new survey by Angus Reid Public Opinion revealed a number of similarities and differences between the holiday shopping habits of people in North America and the United Kingdom.

November 18, 2011

RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon aggregator, found that online coupon usage was up 23% on its site in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season, the company announced Wednesday.

November 11, 2011

U.S. households are expected to spend an average of $497 on gifts this holiday season, the Conference Board reported. Only 7% of consumers said they plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year, while approximately 49% plan on spending less than last year.

October 26, 2011

Despite concerns about the economy and rising household expenses, nearly 3-out-of-5 consumers (59%) will put aside economic worries and spend the same or more this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s 26th annual survey of holiday spending intentions and trends.

October 20, 2011

Candles become a key general merchandise category later in the year — 35% of candle sales in the United States occur during the fourth quarter.

October 20, 2011

As many as 71% of consumers earning less than $100,000 per year are planning to trim back their spending this holiday season, according to new research, “Holiday Shopping 2011,” released Tuesday by SymphonyIRI Group.