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Costco August same store sales up 9 percent

BY Doug Desjardins

ISSAQUAH, Wash. Costco reported a 9 percent increase in same-store sale for August, slightly below the expectations of analysts.

Total sales for the month rose 12 percent to $5.41 billion and sales for the fourth quarter ended Aug. 31 were also up 12 percent to $22.60 billion. The company did not break out pharmacy sales as a separate item.

Preliminary net sales for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31 were $70.95 billion, up 12 percent from the previous year, and same-store sales for the year increased 8 percent. Costco will report its full fourth-quarter and fiscal-year results on Oct. 8.

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Safeway raises $9.7 million for muscular dystrophy

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway customers and employees helped the supermarket chain raise $9.7 million to help fight muscular dystrophy during an August fund-raiser.

Safeway raised the funds through donations made at checkout registers in 1,700 Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada. A portion of proceeds from some products sold in stores was also donated. With the August funds, Safeway has raised nearly $42 million for muscular dystrophy with its month-long fundraisers.

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Walgreens offers consumers advice in case of evacuations

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has published a short list of suggestions for anyone in areas affected by potential hurricanes, such as Tropical Storm Gustav, which, at press time, was heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to turn into a hurricane.

While the advice was simple, it may make a big difference for prescription medication takers who have to be evacuated:

  1. Fill the medication only after arriving at a safe location.
  2. Carry the medication in a waterproof bag.
  3. Keep a written record of all prescriptions in an “important papers” file.

Walgreens emphasized in step 2 that all prescription bottles should be taken, even if empty. The information on the bottle label will help any pharmacist refill the medicine. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so Walgreens reminded consumers to protect it from extreme weather conditions.

The company also reminded consumers that Walgreens’ patients could register online at Walgreens.com and print out prescription information directly from their patient profile. Walgreens operates 6,356 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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