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99 Cents Only Stores sales increase 8.8% in Q3

BY Alaric DeArment

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Net sales at 99 Cents Only Stores increased 8.8% in third quarter 2013, the company said.

The dollar-store chain announced sales of $439.5 million, a $35.6 million increase over third quarter 2012, while comps increased 4.3%. For the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013, sales were $1.23 billion, an 8.7% increase over the same period last year, while comps increased 4.3%. Profit for the quarter was $12.7 million, compared with $22.2 million at the end of third quarter 2012.

The company opened seven new stores during the quarter, including four in California, one in Nevada and two in Texas, while closing one store in California following the expiration of a lease. In total, the company operated 309 stores, a 5.8% increase in store count over the year before.

 

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Vaccine-resistant whooping cough bacteria strain may have appeared in U.S., researchers say

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new strain of the bacterium that causes whooping cough immune to vaccines may have appeared in the United States, according to a brief published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The brief, filed by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health authorities, reported that a strain of Bordetella pertussis had been reported in Japan, France and Finland and may have appeared in Philadelphia, where 12 children were hospitalized between 2011 and 2012.

The new strain tests negative for pertactin, a protein involved in the bacteria’s infection of humans and a component of acellular vaccines — vaccines that contain parts of cells as opposed to whole cells — used to prevent whooping cough. When researchers analyzed the Philadelphia samples, 11 of the 12 were found to test negative for pertactin.

The researchers suggested more testing of samples from around the country in order to help understand the new pertactin-negative variants of the bacteria.


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Winn-Dixie launches online e-coupon program linked to loyalty card

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — "Click. Swipe. Save." That’s the slogan Winn-Dixie has coined as part of its  launch of an online e-coupons program on Wednesday. The e-coupons program allows customers to load coupons directly onto their Winn-Dixie Reward Card for redemption in stores. 

“In an uncertain economic climate, being able to save simply is paramount, which is why we designed the Winn-Dixie e-coupons program to serve our customers’ evolving needs by helping them earn great savings with a convenient, paperless and hassle-free experience,” stated Robert Onstead, senior manager of digital marketing at Winn-Dixie. 

Shoppers go to Winn-Dixie.com/E-coupons to view coupons and can save as many as 99 coupons on their Reward Card. At checkout, the coupons are redeemed with a swipe of the Reward Card. 

 

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