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E-tablets find a home in drug stores, too

BY Michael Johnsen

LEBANON, Pa. — CVS has gotten the jump on what may become the craze for 2011 — e-tablets not called iPad.

About 80 tablets are to be featured at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, according to a Washington Post report, as companies like Samsung, Toshiba and Motorola release their versions of the touch-screen wireless mini computer.

Pictured here is a more economic tablet, the Shift3 LookBook, that CVS features on a front-facing end-cap for only $149.99.

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Complete series of ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends’ arrives on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

FROSTBITE FALLS, Minn. — Classic Media and Bullwinkle Studios are bringing the complete series "Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends" to DVD in a collectible-edition box set.

As the first-ever complete compilation of the hit animated television series, the 18-disc collection includes a number of special features, such as "Goof Gas Outtake" (a.k.a. "The Longest Laugh in History"), an on-camera interview with actress June Foray (the voice of Rocky) and more. There also are collectibles, including "Frostbite Falls Field Guide to a Moose, a Squirrel and a Royal Canadian Mountie" by Keith Scott and a "Loyal Viewer" award.

"Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Series" is available for a suggested retail price of $99.98.

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Coming off strong Q1, Walgreens’ Dec. sales grow

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Shortly after announcing a record-setting first quarter last month, Walgreens reported on Wednesday that its December sales rose 7.5% to $6.8 billion.

The chain said that Duane Reade stores, which Walgreens acquired in April 2010, contributed 2.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Walgreens also raked in a 9.5% increase for its total front-end sales, thanks to a spike in customer traffic and basket size. Pharmacy sales for the chain, which accounted for 58.6% of total sales for the month, saw a 6% boost.

Same-store sales for the drug store chain rose 2.8%, including a 3.6% rise in comparable front-end sales — the highest increase the chain realized in 14 months — and a 2.2% rise in comparable pharmacy sales.

During the month of December, Walgreens opened three stores, including one relocation, and acquired three stores.

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