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Los Angeles announces ban on plastic bags in stores

BY Alaric DeArment

LOS ANGELES ”Paper or plastic?” will soon go the way of “thee” and “thou” for Los Angeles residents as the city announced Wednesday that it would ban plastic shopping bags from retail stores.

The Los Angeles City Council said the ban, designed to combat pollution and following a similar ban in San Francisco, will take effect July 1, 2010.

California state legislators are considering a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide by 2012.

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Safeway raises $13.2 million for prostate cancer research

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Prostate cancer research got an infusion Tuesday as Safeway announced that it had raised $13.2 million in a June fundraiser.

The supermarket chain has raised $42 million for prostate cancer research since 2000 through Safeway stores, as well as banners such as Vons, Carrs, Randalls and Genuardi’s. Safeway conducts the campaigns in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Safeway had sales of $42.3 billion last year in the 1,740 stores it operates in the United States and Canada.

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P&G launches new campaign for Swiffer line

BY Doug Desjardins

Proctor & Gamble is rolling out a new program that offers money-back guarantees and discounts on Swiffer cleaning products.

The marketing effort kicked off July 22 with ads and TV commercials using the tagline, ‘Cleans Better than a Mop and Bucket or Your Money Back.’ The ads also direct consumers to the Swiffer Web-site, where they can get a $5 discount on purchases.

The new campaign is seen as a way to boost sales of Swiffer products in a slow economy and instill consumer confidence in the household cleaning line.

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