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Weis brings savings to Facebook fans

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets’ official Facebook page is celebrating its 10,000th fan with exclusive coupon offers, the grocer announced Tuesday.

Weis Markets’ Facebook fans now are eligible for these coupons at Facebook.com/WeisSuperMarket. The coupon offers include $5 off a $50 purchase, $1 off 12-oz. Weis quality granola, $1 off 12-count Weis quality coffee solos and $1 off a Weis Five Star item.

“We’ve steadily increased the value of our fan page, which offers contests, daily healthy recipes, company updates and recall information,” Brian Holt, Weis Markets’ director of marketing said. “We plan to offer three to five new coupons every two weeks.”

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Kroger joins Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is the latest retailer to join the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance as a partner.

The supermarket conglomerate will implement the DPCA’s Diabetes Control Program, which is designed to help patients gain better control of their condition, at select store pharmacies, including stores in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, markets. The retailer also will offer the program in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas later this year.

"Managing diabetes is not an easy task," said Lincoln Lutz, Kroger VP pharmacy. "But having a convenient location, such as a Kroger store, where you can get extra support and resources can make it easier. We’re proud to be a part of the alliance and look forward to contributing to its success in helping to reduce the negative impact of this disease."

In related news, Albertson’s LLC announced earlier this week that it joined the alliance, which consists of such partners as Walgreens, the YMCA, UnitedHealth Group and Novo Nordisk.

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index drops sharply in March

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A survey released Tuesday by Deloitte found that consumer purchasing power was negatively impacted during the month of March.

The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index tumbled to 3.62% from nearly 4.1% in the prior month. Deloitte’s chief economist and author of the monthly index, Carl Steidtmann, said that despite the economic recovery, consumers don’t have the motivation to spend.

“Inflation anxiety may continue to wear at consumer confidence in the months ahead,” Steidtmann said. “Despite the recovery, consumers continue to save at a relatively high level, suggesting that [they] have the means to spend but not the will. However, a continued improvement in the employment figures could be enough to instill a greater sense of security among U.S. households and offset some of the rising cost pressures as well.”

The index, which is comprised of four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.

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