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Vidal Sassoon Pro Series celebrates 50th anniversary of bob hairstyle

BY Antoinette Alexander

TORONTO — Vidal Sassoon Pro Series is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic bob hairstyle; the brand has launched the “Show Your Genius” Facebook contest.

In 1963, Vidal Sassoon’s the bob and five-point cut set new standards in hairdressing, igniting a movement in women worldwide to emulate the iconic look. The shape of the cut gave women the freedom to maintain a fashion-forward yet low-maintenance hairstyle, a key element responsible for its widespread adoption.

“As someone who trained at Vidal Sassoon, the bob is a very important haircut to me,” stated Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Fashion and celebrity hairstylist ambassador Ben Skervin, who trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. “It was the second haircut that I ever learned to do. The line had to be so sharp — it took quite a few months to master.”

Via its “Show Your Genius” Facebook contest, the hair care brand is inviting fans to share a “selfie” of their best hairstyle for a chance to win $1,000, a vintage accessory and a year’s supply of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series products. Fans can submit their best hairstyle from now until June 18, and then have the opportunity to vote on the top looks.
 


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Walgreens posts third-quarter sales gains of 3.3%

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Wednesday posted third-quarter sales of $18.3 billion, up 3.3%. Same-store sales were up 1.3%, with front-end comparable store sales up by 0.3% and pharmacy comp sales up 2%. Prescriptions filled were up 7% for the quarter. 

Sales of Walgreens’ shares closed up 60 cents to $48.63 on Wednesday.

Walgreens reported that more than 72 million Walgreens faithful have signed on for the company’s Balance Rewards loyalty program through May. 

Walgreens’ May sales totaled $6.2 billion, representing an increase of 4.3%, with a 2.8% lift in same-store sales. Prescriptions filled at comparable stores increased by 7.1% in May and increased 7.5% on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis. This year’s May had one additional Friday and one fewer Tuesday compared with May 2012. These calendar shifts negatively impacted prescriptions filled at comparable stores by 40 basis points.

May pharmacy sales increased by 4.4%, while comparable store pharmacy sales increased 3.8% and increased by a calendar day-shift adjusted 4.2%. 

Pharmacy sales accounted for 63.1% of total sales for the month.

Total front-end sales increased 3.4% compared with the same month in fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.2%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 3.5% while basket size increased 4.7%.

Walgreens opened 13 stores during May, including two relocations, and closed one.

 

 

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Kashi launches new GoLean cereal

BY Jason Owen

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kashi today introduced Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters cereal. The new cereal has 11 g of protein and 9 g of fiber, providing an alternative way to add protein to a daily diet and help achieve healthy lifestyle goals, the company stated.

A different spin on the original GoLean cereal, Kashi GoLean Vanilla Graham Clusters cereal has a blend of naturally sweetened fiber twigs with graham flavor, soy protein squares, Kashi 7 whole grain honey puffs and crunchy oat clusters lightly kissed with vanilla. This combination helps keep the consumer feeling full longer as part of a complete breakfast, the company stated.

"We believe that each morning brings new opportunities to make healthy choices, and eating the right amount of protein plays an important part in that," says Jeff Johnson, senior nutritionist and natural lifestyle expert at Kashi. "With as much protein as an egg, our latest GoLean cereal offers another tasty way to start the day and help keep your body at its best."

Vanilla Graham Clusters cereal is free of synthetic colors and artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners and contains no high fructose corn syrup. It’s now available at grocers and natural food retailers nationwide for a standard retail price of $3.99.


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