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Weis reports boost in Q1 net income

BY Allison Cerra

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets experienced a jump in its net income and operating income during the first quarter ended March 31, the retailer said.

First-quarter net income realized a 7.7% gain to $20 million, compared with the year-ago period, while earnings per share rose 5 cents to 74 cents for the quarter. Weis said its net income and operating income increases were prompted by "improved store level efficiencies, increased productivity, disciplined promotions and marketing and a decrease in depreciation expenses resulting when it changed depreciation methods from accelerated to straight line."

Weis also reported that for the 13-week period ended March 31, sales increased 0.3% to $661.6 million, while its comparable-store sales increased 0.9%, compared with the same period last year.

"Our company continues to generate strong earnings increases, as we have over the past three years," Weis’ president and CEO David Hepfinger said. "While our market share remains stable, our first-quarter sales were clearly impacted by our customers’ continuing caution due to the slow pace of the economy’s recovery and to an unusually mild winter."

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3M introduces new Natural View screen protectors

BY Allison Cerra

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M has introduced two Natural View screen protector products.

3M said its Natural View anti-glare screen protectors, now available for purchase in select Target stores, help to enhance the viewing experience on mobile devices when outdoors or in bright light conditions and provide durable protection for smartphone and tablet screens, as well as matte-finish glare reduction for a clear image, while maintaining a smooth-touch feel.

Meanwhile, the Natural View fading screen protectors, available for tablets, help to keep devices clean noticeably longer and enhance the viewing experience on display screens. 3M said the fading screen protectors feature patent-pending Fingerprint Fading technology, which the company said is the first durable, ultra-clear, glossy screen protectors to fade normal fingerprints over time without reducing screen clarity and blurring display images.

3M Natural View anti-glare screen protectors carry a suggested retail price of $19.99. 3M Natural View fading screen protectors carry a suggested retail price of $24.99.

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Walgreens, Take Care Clinics offer free blood-pressure testing

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Take Care Clinics once again are offering free blood-pressure testing every day throughout the month in honor of National High Blood Pressure Education Month.

The announcement follows Walgreens’ free blood-pressure testing in February as part of the Million Hearts Initiative, a national public and private sector collaboration aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.

“Providing greater access to affordable services like blood pressure and other health testing can be one of the most important and effective ways to help prevent heart attacks, stroke and other conditions,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “Our pharmacists are uniquely positioned to educate consumers about the importance of ‘knowing your numbers’ through blood-pressure testing, as well as other preventive steps people can take to manage their health. It’s one of the many ways we’re helping customers live well, stay well and get well.”

All health testing services include a pharmacist or nurse practitioner consultation. The full range of health testing services now is offered daily at more than 2,000 Walgreens stores in 36 states, with services having recently been expanded to select stores in Georgia and Tennessee. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting Walgreens.com/healthtests. Tests also are available on a walk-in basis.


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