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Weis Markets donates $22,000 to the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Wednesday announced it will donate $22,000 to the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children, established in 2011 to help prevent child abuse, improve reporting of suspected abuse and provide comprehensive care to children who have experienced abuse.

Under the “Touchdowns for Children” campaign, every Nittany Lion touchdown earned $500 from Weis for the duration of the regular 2012 season. Proceeds will go towards funding targeted research, treatment and education at the center.

“We’re proud to partner with the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children and to support a vital program designed to prevent and detect child abuse while offering aid and assistance to victims and their families,” stated Brian Holt, VP marketing for Weis Markets. “As a company that gives back to the communities it serves, we have a longstanding history of supporting local hunger organizations and community-based healthcare programs benefiting children.”

Weis Markets has been a corporate partner of Penn State Athletics for nearly a decade and works directly with Penn State Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports and the multimedia rights holder for Penn State Athletics.

To listen to the radio announcement for "Touchdowns for Children," click here.

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Discounter Fred’s reports 1% sales decline for November

BY Michael Johnsen

 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s on Thurday reported a total sales decline of 1% to $150.4 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 24. Comparable store sales for the month declined 3.6% versus an increase of 1.5% in the same period last year.

"November comparable sales were affected by the intensely competitive advertising and promotional environment surrounding Thanksgiving and Black Friday," suggested Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. "Our top line continued to reflect the impact on pharmacy sales of the ongoing brand-to-generic shift, reducing comparable store sales by approximately 300 basis points during the month," he continued. "Meanwhile, layaway sales in November continued to climb to record levels, but these sales, of course, are not recognized for accounting purposes until final payments are made. With November sales ending as anticipated, we continue to expect a stronger sales performance in the final months of our year, as the layaway program unwinds and our marketing programs for December and January go into effect."

Fred’s total sales for the year-to-date period increased 3% to $1.6 billion. On a comparable store basis, year-to-date sales declined 1.1% compared with an increase of 0.8% in the same period last year.

During the month, Fred’s opened one express pharmacy location.

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Cough, cold and flu

BY DSN STAFF

The November/December 2012 Cough, Cold and Flu Ingredient Guide breaks down the indication, ingredients, purpose and dosage of Mucinex, Vicks, Advil, Theraflu, Delsym, St. Joseph, Hyland’s Similasan and Zicam products.

Click here for the complete guide.

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