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EPA recognizes Sears Holdings as Partner of the Year

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The Environmental Protection Agency has given Sears Holdings a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the company said Monday.

Sears Holdings, which operates Kmart, said its efforts to promote sustainability and energy efficiency would be recognized at a ceremony in Washington on March 26.

The company has been an Energy Star partner since 1998.

"EPA is recognizing Sears Holdings for earning EPA’s highest Energy Star award, the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award," EPA acting administrator Bob Perciasepe said. "Sears Holdings leads the field with its commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment."

 

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Ahold repurchases 960,596 shares

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM — Dutch supermarket operator Royal Ahold has repurchased nearly 1 million shares as part of its $647.3 million share-buyback program, the company said Monday.

Ahold said the 960,596 shares were repurchased at an average price of $14.91, for a total of $14.33 million.

The company announced the share-buyback program in late February. Ahold operates the Stop & Shop, Giant-Carlisle and Giant-Landover supermarket banners and the Peapod online grocery service in the United States.

 

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Harris Teeter Together in Education donates more than $385,000

BY Michael Johnsen

Charlotte, N.C. — Harris Teeter Together in Education (TIE) on Monday donated more than $385,000 to participating TIE schools during the second of three payouts of the 2012/2013 school year, raising the program total to $18.7 million since 1998.

Since that time Harris Teeter has registered schools or school programs for a TIE code on harristeeter.com, and customers then have the capability to link their VIC card to up to five of those TIE codes anytime between August and May of every school year. Once the VIC card is linked, every time a customer purchases Harris Teeter brands or fills a prescription at a Harris Teeter pharmacy, Harris Teeter donates money back to the school to which the customer’s VIC card is linked.

Harris Teeter Together in Education distributes money to TIE schools and programs three times per school year; the first payout was in December, the second payout was in March, and the final payout of the 2012/2013 school year will be in June. A total of 768 schools earned a check, averaging $502 per school. 


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