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Kroger joins Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is the latest retailer to join the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance as a partner.

The supermarket conglomerate will implement the DPCA’s Diabetes Control Program, which is designed to help patients gain better control of their condition, at select store pharmacies, including stores in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, markets. The retailer also will offer the program in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas later this year.

"Managing diabetes is not an easy task," said Lincoln Lutz, Kroger VP pharmacy. "But having a convenient location, such as a Kroger store, where you can get extra support and resources can make it easier. We’re proud to be a part of the alliance and look forward to contributing to its success in helping to reduce the negative impact of this disease."

In related news, Albertson’s LLC announced earlier this week that it joined the alliance, which consists of such partners as Walgreens, the YMCA, UnitedHealth Group and Novo Nordisk.

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index drops sharply in March

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A survey released Tuesday by Deloitte found that consumer purchasing power was negatively impacted during the month of March.

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index tumbled to 3.62% from nearly 4.1% in the prior month. Deloitte’s chief economist and author of the monthly index, Carl Steidtmann, said that despite the economic recovery, consumers don’t have the motivation to spend.

“Inflation anxiety may continue to wear at consumer confidence in the months ahead,” Steidtmann said. “Despite the recovery, consumers continue to save at a relatively high level, suggesting that [they] have the means to spend but not the will. However, a continued improvement in the employment figures could be enough to instill a greater sense of security among U.S. households and offset some of the rising cost pressures as well.”

The index, which is comprised of four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.

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Three classic action films arrive on Blu-ray

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Three action-packed films are making their Blu-ray debut.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment said that "The Hustler," "The Comancheros" and "Tigerland" will be available next month. Additionally, "The Hustler" and "The Comancheros" both celebrate their 50th anniversary and will feature special Blu-ray book packaging, including rare photos from the Fox archives and brand new special features.

"Tigerland," which stars Colin Farrell, will be available at retail on May 17. "The Hustler," which stars Paul Newman, and "The Comancheros,"  which stars John Wayne, will hit retail May 24.

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