September 12, 2011

It’s hard to disagree that generic drug companies have had a good run for the last several years. Branded drug companies developed a large number of drugs that proved highly effective at treating widespread medical conditions and became blockbusters, garnering billions of dollars in sales in the United States alone.

September 9, 2011

Trips are up, but baskets are down, Kroger reported Friday morning, along with positive second-quarter results. Gas sales also are up with the decline in fuel prices, which is an item Kroger continues to use as a stickiness factor with its loyalty card program.

August 29, 2011

By the time sales figures for August are tallied, last week's Hurricane Irene may have flooded more than the East Coast seaboard; she may have flooded pharmacy registers, too.

August 24, 2011


Retailers, expecting thrifty behavior from consumers, are starting the back-to-school season with early promotions. “Retailers are already running door-buster promotions,” said Perry Smith, an analyst with the NPD Group.

August 19, 2011

Express Scripts is readying for a pharmacy network without Walgreens, according to an analyst report published Thursday.

August 18, 2011

Most body care products promote claims of being long-lasting, nongreasy or effective on dry skin but, according to the findings of a new Mintel report, most lotion wearers are not happy with the products they have to choose from.

August 3, 2011

Walgreens on Wednesday reported July sales of $5.82 billion, an increase of 4.7%.

July 26, 2011

Financial services firm Credit Suisse tabulated total basket increases of 2.7% year over year and 1% month over month for retail.

July 26, 2011

Supervalu on Tuesday reported first-quarter fiscal 2012 net sales of $11.1 billion (down 3.7% versus last year) and net earnings of $74 million (up 10.4%), or 35 cents per diluted share. Posted net earnings beat the analyst consensus of 33 cents per diluted share.

July 25, 2011


Research has shown that many consumers believe how you age is mostly tied to genetics, diet and exercise, but many women still are purchasing anti-aging products — and will continue to do so — with the hope they’ll find magic in a jar.


July 21, 2011

Women in the higher-income bracket won't object to buying private-label cosmetics if they think that their quality and performance are on par with national brands, according to recent Mintel research.

July 11, 2011

A story on the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, published Monday, identified Amazon.com as the latest value-oriented retailer to pose challenges to more traditional brick-and-mortar retailers.

July 6, 2011

Walgreens’ stock was trading up 30 cents to $43.03 on the New York Stock Exchange mid-morning on Wednesday thanks to favorable same-store sales growth of 4.8% for the month of June versus an analyst consensus estimate of 2.8%.

July 5, 2011

Market share for many environmentally friendly cleaning products has suffered in a tight economy, when consumers are more likely to choose products based on price.


June 27, 2011

Mintel and HBA Global once again have joined forces to present Mintel's Innovations Showcase to attendees of the annual HBA Global Expo and Conference this week in New York.

June 22, 2011

After Walgreens made its contract dispute with Express Scripts public on Tuesday morning, the pharmacy benefit manager stated it is open to continued negotiations with Walgreens.

June 21, 2011

Back-to-college merchandise is big business. “College students are starting to represent the most important segment of the back-to-school market,” said Perry James, an analyst with the NPD Group. The segment has grown, Perry said, since the weak job market has caused many college seniors to extend their education through graduate school.

June 7, 2011

A new report by Mintel may shed new light on the reasons why African-Americans diet.

May 13, 2011

In the wake of the turbulent economy, the cosmetic and skin care market, while not yet thriving, is showing signs of improvement. And drug stores and mass merchandisers prove to be the most popular channels for cosmetic purchasing, according to a recent Mintel survey.

May 11, 2011

Credit Suisse on Wednesday initiated coverage of General Nutrition Centers, the specialty retailer of supplement and nutritional products and partner with Rite Aid in a store-within-a-store program across more than 1,000 drug store locations.

April 15, 2011

Drug stores may be best positioned to navigate any headwinds whipped up by rising fuel costs and may even benefit from them, a Credit Suisse analysis published Friday found.

April 14, 2011

Supervalu on Thursday reported better-than-expected results with an earnings per share of 44 cents, which was 10 cents above analyst consensus of 34 cents.

April 7, 2011

When shopping for soap, bath and shower products, scent and moisturizing capabilities are cited most often as influencing purchase decisions, according to a recent Mintel survey.

March 25, 2011

Almost two-thirds of consumers live within 3 miles of a Walgreens. For the rest of America, Walgreens is using its multichannel strategy to get even closer. The deal with Drugstore.com considerably accelerates the chain's plans.