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Sam’s Club launches wellness magazine for members

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is taking its promotion of health-and-wellness solutions further by launching its own branded, bimonthly magazine.

Sam’ Club said its 8-million member circulation magazine, Healthy Living Made Simple, is the first warehouse club publication solely dedicated to health-and-wellness issues. Topics covered by the publication include items related to personal, child and pet health. Future issues will spotlight local Sam’s Club pharmacists, optometrists and associates, as well as members’ stories, Sam’s Club said.

The company said 7.4 million magazines will be sent to members’ homes, while 600,000 copies will be available in stores.

“At Sam’s Club, we want to build awareness for the benefits of health maintenance and provide wellness solutions for every community we serve,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, SVP health and wellness for Sam’s Club. “Along with our health and wellness products and the services we offer, such as free health screenings through the year, this magazine takes that partnership to the next level. When we help our members stay healthy, it also helps them reduce their healthcare costs – a big concern in today’s economy.”

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Publix reports Q4, full-year results

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix reported a 13.4% increase in its fourth-quarter sales to $7.2 billion, the retailer said Thursday.

Net earnings for fourth quarter 2011 were $399.5 million, compared to $342.1 million in 2010, an increase of 16.8%. Comparable-store sales for the fourth quarter increased 5.3%.

Meanwhile, earnings per share were 51 cents, up from 44 cents per share in 2010.

For the 53-week year ended Dec. 31, Publix’s sales were $27 billion, a 7.3% increase from last year’s $25.1 billion, a 52-week year. The additional week in 2011 increased sales by 1.9%. Comparable-store sales for 2011 increased 4.1%.

“I’m pleased that our strong operating performance and improvements in the stock market resulted in an increase in our stock price,” Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said. “Our associate owners deserve the credit for these results as they continue to make us a leader in customer service.”

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Noah’s introduces oxygenated spring water

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CHICAGO — Noah’s has expanded its beverage offerings to include new oxygen-infused spring water.

New Noah’s oxygenated spring water eight times the amount of oxygen in regular spring water, the company said. The product is packaged in 12-oz. Rexam Sleek cans to protect the integrity of the oxygen content in the product.

Noah’s oxygenated spring water currently is available at select retail locations in California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Tennessee, with ongoing plans to drive expansion across the country.

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