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Costco’s October sales steady in U.S., down in Canada over 2014

BY David Salazar

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco on Thursday announced its October sales results, which showed a 1% increase over the same period last year, as well as a 1% increase for the nine weeks ended Nov. 1 over the same period last year. 
 
For the month, the company saw $8.78 billion in net sales and $19.53 billion over the nine weeks. Though Costco’s U.S. sales saw a slight increase, its Canadian stores saw an 8% decrease in comparable sales for the month and a 9% decline over nine weeks. Much of the decrease seems to be from the effect of gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, as without those factors, the company’s Canadian sales were up 10% for both the month and the nine weeks. 
 
In addition to its 482 U.S. locations, 90 Canadian locations and 138 global locations, Costco plans to open nine new warehouses before the end of 2015. 
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Bartell Drugs maintains ‘hyper-local’ focus with latest store opening

BY Michael Johnsen

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs will unveil the largest of its 64 locations at Bellevue Village on Nov. 8 with the completion of a major 5,500-square-foot expansion and remodel.
 
In keeping with Bartell Drugs' “hyper-local” focus, the store includes an array of new features and product areas spotlighting local partners, including the “Bellevue Fountain” offering in-store barista services with fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks from Seattle’s Caffe Vita and scooped servings of Bartell Drugs’ own Emerald & Spruce premium ice cream in partnership with local Snoqualmie Ice Cream. And them there's the Bellevue introduction of Bartells’ “Growler Station” with nine local craft beers on tap for take-home.
 
“For those who live and work in Bellevue, this store evolves the drug store shopping experience and offers convenience and innovative offerings and services,” stated Brian Unmacht, Bartell Drugs president and CEO. ”We’re proud to have served the Bellevue community since 1954 and this 
major remodel and expansion reinforces our commitment and excitement to this growing and vibrant community.”
 
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