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Whole Foods celebrates upcoming birthday with contest

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN In line with its 30th birthday this September, Whole Foods is inviting shoppers to win a culinary celebration weekend in its hometown headquarters.

Part of the company’s “30 Years Fresh” birthday festivities held across its nearly 300 stores in the United States, Canada and U.K., the “A Heart as Big as Texas” short essay contest invites participants to share their special stories, inspirations and memories about Whole Foods. Thirty winners will be chosen to each receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the birthplace of Whole Foods where they will be treated to a VIP culinary weekend. Contest details can be found at Wholefoodsmarket.com/birthday.

“From the moment our original 19 team members opened our first store in Austin 30 years ago, we have appreciated the support from our shoppers who have truly been the secret to our success. By highlighting their favorite stories, we’d like to pay tribute to our customers from all over and thank them for three decades together,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Market officially turns 30 on Sept. 20.  From Sept. 17 to 20, Whole Foods stores all over will host birthday celebrations open to the public. Dates and times for the festivities will be posted on each store’s Web site by July 1.

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BioScrip to present at two upcoming conferences

BY Alaric DeArment

ELMSFORD, N.Y. Specialty pharmacy company BioScrip will present at two conferences next month, BioScrip said Wednesday.

On June 7, chairman and CEO Richard Friedman and CFO and EVP Stanley Rosenbaum will present at the Noble Financial Sixth Annual Equity Conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. The next day, Friedman, Rosenbaum and president and COO Richard Smith will present at the Jefferies 2010 Global Life Sciences Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York.

A live audio Webcast of the Florida event will be available at www.ontrack10.com and www.nobleresearch.com, while one of the New York event will be at www.wsw.com/webcast/jeff46/bios. Replays of the presentations will be available through BioScrip’s Web site, at www.bioscrip.com.

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Costco’s profit soars in Q3

BY Allison Cerra

Wholesaler Costco saw a surge in its third-quarter profit, the retailer reported Thursday.

Net income in the quarter ended May 9 rose to $306 million, up nearly 46% from $210 million in the year-earlier third quarter. Sales rose 12% to $17.39 billion. Same-store sales rose 4%.

Costco said its dramatic profit increase was attributed to continued overseas demand from Canada to Taiwan and by better sales of nonessential products such as apparel and home furnishings.

At the end of the quarter, Costco ran 568 warehouse clubs, with locations in the United States; Canada; Mexico; the United Kingdom; Korea; Taiwan; Japan and Australia. The company said it plans to open five more locations by Aug. 29, the end of its fiscal year.

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