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Delhaize America 2015 sales up 2.2%

BY Michael Johnsen
BRUSSELS – Delhaize America on Thursday reported revenues of $17.8 billion for 2015, an increase of 2.2% compared to 2014 in local currency excluding a 53rd trading week in 2014. 
 
Comparable store sales growth in 2015 was 2.2%.
 
"This year, we will further expand our Easy, Fresh & Affordable initiative at Food Lion and we plan to remodel 142 stores," noted Frans Muller, Delhaize Group CEO. “For 2016, our main focus is to complete the merger with Royal Ahold on schedule. We are confident on the prospects of the merger given the complementarity of our store networks, the opportunity to accelerate innovation for our customers and the [approximate $550 million] run-rate synergy potential," he said. "The next step in the merger process will be the Extraordinary General Meetings of both companies scheduled on March 14.” 

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Fred’s credits health and beauty, specialty Rx for 12% Feb. sales lift

BY David Salazar
MEMPHIS — Fred’s continues to see sales increases as 2016 continues. The company reported Thursday that for the four weeks ending Feb. 27, it saw net sales of $171.1 million, a 12% increase over the same period last year. The announcement follows January’s sales, which also increased 12% over the same four weeks in 2015. Comparable store sales rose 0.8% for the month, compared to flat comps in February 2015. 
 
Once again, Fred’s CEO Jerry Shore is crediting specialty pharmacy sales with providing a sales boost. The bump sales saw from specialty was accompanied by an increase in scripts and sales in the pharmacy department, even amid a mild cold and flu season. Shore also credited health and beauty aids as particularly strong performers despite a negative effect the mild cold and flu season had on general merchandise. 
 
Shore noted that the company began remodeling some of its stores in February and promised more updates at its Q4 conference in late March.
 
“We remain encouraged by the momentum that continues to build across the Company," Shore said. "During February, we began the 2016 new prototype remodel program with five stores, a monthly pace we expect to maintain throughout most of the year. We also saw strong performance from the improvements made in 25 stores that benefited from competitive store closings during the month. We will provide more detail on our initiatives during our fourth quarter earnings conference call on March 23."

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Roche Diabetes integrates Accu-Chek Connect System with the Apple Health app on iPhone

BY Michael Johnsen
 
 
INDIANAPOLIS – Roche Diabetes Care on Thursday announced the integration of the Accu-Chek Connect System with the Apple Health app on iPhone. The integration will allow patients using the Accu-Chek Connect app to share data with HealthKit and easily view their blood glucose levels and carbohydrates in the Health app alongside other activity and health information.
 
The Accu-Chek Connect system is a diabetes management system that consists of the Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter, an app (accu-chek.com/connect-ios) and an online portal that allows patients, caregivers and healthcare providers to view, share and access blood glucose data anytime, anywhere. In addition, a doctor can activate an insulin dosage calculator on the app, the Accu-Chek Bolus Advisor, which makes it easy to calculate how much insulin is needed at each meal. The simple-to-use meter wirelessly sends blood glucose results to the Accu-Chek Connect app on iPhone.
 
“For people with diabetes, simplifying the management of their condition can be an essential part of championing their own health and wellness. We are excited to announce the integration of Accu-Chek Connect with the Apple Health app,” stated Marc Gibeley, head of Roche Diabetes Care North America. “This integration is the next step in helping those with diabetes adopt a holistic approach in managing their overall care, by allowing them to log, view, and share their diabetes data with other health tracking applications on their iPhone. It also provides healthcare teams with a better view of the patient’s lifestyle as they assess the role of health and fitness in their management routine.”
 
With user permission, other mobile apps such as electronic medical records apps or apps tracking health and wellness that integrate with HealthKit may also access this data. For example, with the help of HealthKit, blood glucose data will now be able to flow seamlessly from the Accu-Chek Aviva Connect meter to the Epic and Cerner EMR software.
 
Accu-Chek Aviva Connect is available exclusively at Walgreens.
 
 
 

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