RAD comps increase 2.9% in October
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Same-store sales at Rite Aid increased by 2.9% in October, compared with the same period last year, the retail pharmacy chain said Thursday.
The increase included a 1.3% increase in same-store sales on the front end, as well as a 3.6% increase in pharmacy same-store sales, including a negative offset of about 160 basis points due to the introduction of new generic drugs.
Total sales for the month were nearly $2 billion, a 2.8% increase over October 2010’s $1.9 billion.
For the first 34 weeks of the year, same-store sales increased 1.6% compared with the same period last year, including a 1.1% increase in front-end same-store sales and a 1.9% increase in pharmacy same-store sales.
Total sales for the year to date were $16.5 billion, a 1.1% increase over last the $16.3 billion in total sales during the same period last year.
Cepia’s Xia-Xia line makes holiday season debut
ST. LOUIS — The maker of ZhuZhu Pets has introduced a new line of toys for this holiday season.
Cepia said Xia-Xia (pronounced "shah-shah") consists of four colorful, collectible hermit crabs that dance and play. The line also includes playsets and accessories, the company said.
"Kids love hermit crabs for a number of reasons, including their colorful shells, tropical habitats and cute crawls," Cepia CEO James Russell Hornsby said. "Xia-Xia gives children all these features, but adds unpredictability, collectability and silly fun that we hope kids will enjoy. Parents will love them too, as they are affordably priced."
Xia-Xia hermit crabs, playsets and accessories range in price from $5.99 to $19.99.
Acme offers parents tips to a healthier Halloween
MALVERN, Pa. — A Supervalu banner is offering parents ways to have a healthier Halloween.
Acme Markets registered dietitian Jennifer Shea said that such ideas as making sure children sleep well the night before Halloween, not letting children overindulge and having kids wear a pedometer to track their steps can help make Halloween a healthier holiday.
“Let’s face it, half the fun of Halloween is that it’s a holiday of indulgence and sugary treats,” Shea said. “By planning we can make adjustments in our routine to accommodate a night or two of Halloween trick or treating and fun.”
Shea also suggested offering treats that are more nutritious than candy and other sugary snacks, which can be found at Acme stores with help from the chain’s Nutrition iQ program that features color-coded icons on shelf tags and signs that serve as at-a-glance cues to help shoppers identify and find healthy food options.
“When picking out treats in preparation for Halloween, why not include some that pack a nutrient punch? Like trail mix, mini popcorn bags, yogurt covered raisins, 100% fruit roll-ups, granola bars or sunflower seeds,” Shea said.
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