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Retail sales see slight gain in November

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales slightly edged up in November, according to U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. retail and food services sales for November, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $399.3 billion, an increase of 0.2% from the previous month and 6.7% above November 2010. Adjusted retail sales totaled $357.5 billion, a 0.3% increase over October retail sales.

Look across retail categories, the Census Bureau reported that grocery store sales saw a decline in November, decreasing from $46.6 billion to $46.4 billion. Health and personal care stores also experienced a slight drop in November, dropped from $23.16 billion to $23.14 billion. Retail sales for drug stores and pharmacies were not recorded; however, sales did increase from September to October ($19.2 billion to $19.3 billion).

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Winn-Dixie invests $1.4 million into neighboring communities across five states

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Winn-Dixie Foundation on Thursday announced it is investing nearly $1.4 million in neighborhoods across the Southeast through partnerships with 116 nonprofit organizations, providing a broad range of services critical to helping communities flourish and individuals triumph.

“We are inspired by the stories we hear from past recipients, and we look forward to seeing the good work our newest partners will do in the coming year," stated Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie marketing group VP and president of the Winn-Dixie Foundation. "Empowering these organizations through the Winn-Dixie Foundation with needed resources is one of many ways we invest in our communities.”

By providing grants to programs that feed the hungry, assist women and children in need, help the sick and address inequalities in education and health, the Winn-Dixie Foundation reaches out to neighbors in five states across the Southeast, the foundation noted.

Last year, the Winn-Dixie Foundation helped fund 83 programs assisting people who needed a helping hand.

In the past year, the foundation helped an organization feed 45,000 children in Baton Rouge, La.; helped former tennis pro MaliVai Washington’s Kids Foundation teach life skills and provide scholarships to the 20,000 kids aided by his Jacksonville, Fla., group; helped a South Florida organization in its fight against cancer; and a Central Florida organization in its battle against domestic abuse. Click here to view Winn-Dixie Foundation video.

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New Half Time Drill Driver makes way to retail

BY Allison Cerra

PITTSBURGH — The Half Time Drill Driver has entered the market.

How it works: The Half Time Drill Driver allows a users to select two different size bits, drill the pilot hole, flip the drill driver’s pivot arm and then drive in any screw, nut or fastener. The patent-pending swivel head flips and locks, providing the user an easy switch from drilling to driving in several seconds.

The product has received a license from InventHelp, an invention submission company. "We are pleased to announce that one of our clients’ products is on the shelves of several large chain stores around the country," said Nicole Hait, director of communications for InventHelp. "This InventHelp client, a machinist by trade, prides himself on thinking up ideas which solve problems in his field. His invention, the Half Time Drill Driver, is a power tool attachment that enables the user to quickly switch from a drill to a screwdriver, without having to change bits, in less than two seconds. This accessory can drill and countersink a hole in one step."

The Half Time Drill Driver such retailers as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and other major retailers nationwide.

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