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Swiffer serves as premier sponsor of pet adoption program

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer brand is helping dogs and cats find a loving home this holiday season.

As a sponsor for Macy’s Union Square 24th Annual Holiday Pet Adoption Windows, Swiffer has tapped its spokesman Cesar Millan, a dog behavior specialist, to assist with the pet adoption and offer new pet owners tips on how to create a pet-friendly environment in their home this holiday season, Swiffer said.

"Last year more than 300 pets were adopted through the Macy’s Holiday Pet Adoption Window program, and with amazing sponsors like Swiffer, this year, we hope to find even more pets warm and loving homes," said Amy Kule, Macy’s group VP national events and partnership marketing. "We are very excited to be working with Swiffer on this partnership as the Macy’s Pet Adoption Windows furthers their commitment to pet owners and goal of providing a clean environment for every pet."

Macy’s Holiday Pet Adoption Windows runs from Nov. 19 through Jan. 2.

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Target reports blowout November

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Same-store sales surged 5.5% at Target during November, exceeding the company’s guidance and analysts’ expectations for a low-single digit gain. The company said the number of people shopping its stores as measured by transactions increased nearly 4% and average transaction sizes also were up slightly with broad-based growth throughout the store.

The company is looking for December comps to increase in the low- to mid-single digit range.

“Guests are responding to our compelling holiday merchandising and marketing programs, and they love our new 5% REDcard Rewards program,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO. “We’re well prepared for the biggest month of the year, and believe we’re on track to achieve fourth-quarter sales and profitability consistent with our guidance on Nov. 17.”

An expanded assortment of food and consumables in an increasing number of stores as part of a remodeling program known as PFresh has been a boon to customer traffic, and those categories now are among the fastest growing at Target. The company said its November comparable-store sales performance was strongest in grocery, which experienced a mid-teen increase, and health care and beauty increased in the mid- to upper-single digits.

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Q4 net income rises for Ingles Markets

BY Allison Cerra

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A regional supermarket chain reported a 3.1% rise in its net sales for the fourth quarter.

Ingles Markets said its net sales rose to $856 million for the quarter ended Sept. 25, from $830.1 million in the same period last year. Basic and diluted earnings per share were 35 cents and 34 cents per share, respectively, compared with 23 cents and 22 cents per share last year.

Similarly, comparable-store sales, excluding gasoline, rose 1.8% in the fourth quarter for fiscal year 2010.

For its gross profit, Ingles Markets realized a $10.1 million increase, compared with the year-ago period.

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