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DSN closing due to Hurricane Sandy

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — The offices of Drug Store News will be closed Monday evening and Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. We hope that you, your friends and family will remain safe during this storm.

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Weis 3Q sales down vs. last year as the grocer cycles through sales lifts from hurricanes Irene, Lee

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Friday reported third-quarter net income of $17.2 million, up 1.2% for the period ended Sept. 29, while its earnings per share increased 1.6% to $0.64 per share compared to the same period in 2011.

For the period, Weis sales decreased 1.5% to $668.4 million, while comparable stores decreased 1.7%. Weis went up against tough comparisons in the period, the grocer reported. For the period last year, hurricanes Irene and Lee lifted sales across many of its stores in the Pennsylvania and New York markets as shoppers scrambled for emergency supplies in the wake of flooding. 

Compared to the same period in 2011, the company’s third-quarter sales also were impacted by a $4.5 million decline in pharmacy sales due to the conversion of brand drugs to generic. As part of its strategy to offset this decline, the company has expanded its immunization programs.

Weis credited its net income and operating income increases to disciplined promotions and marketing, increased store-level productivity, improved operational and supply chain efficiencies, and a decrease in depreciation expenses due to its change of depreciation methods from accelerated to straight-line.

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Getting the shot

BY Antoinette Alexander

A growing number of patients have either already received or plan to receive a flu shot this year versus a year ago, and it should also be noted that more patients continue to embrace community pharmacy as a preferred destination for flu vaccinations. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, according to the most recent Patient Views infographic. According to an exclusive survey of more than 900 patients conducted by AccentHealth and DSN in September, 57% of patients have received or plan to receive a flu shot this year, versus 53% in 2011.

To see more Patient Views, click here.

Patient Views is a new, exclusive consumer insights feature that will be appear in every edition of DSN magazine and the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 4,000 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

 

Source: AccentHealth. To view the methodology, click here.

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