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Dial announces new food-inspired body washes

BY Ryan Chavis

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Dial has introduced two new body washes, which were influenced by the rising popularity of vitamins and yogurt in food, the company said. The new Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash comes in two varieties: Amazing B and the oil-infused Super C. Dial Yogurt Body Wash also has two variants, which include Dial Greek Yogurt and Dial Frozen Yogurt.

"For more than 65 years, consumers have trusted Dial to deliver high-quality products for the whole family," said Chris Sommer, VP marketing, personal care. "Our new body washes not only use exciting, new ingredients, but they also feature our innovative Moisture Balance formula for lasting, lightweight hydration to leave your skin visibly less dry without leaving a filmy residue."  

The new Dial body washes are available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide beginning February 2014. The suggested retail price for a 16-oz. bottle is $4.99.

 

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Sweet Dreams collection makes its debut

BY Ryan Chavis

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble, in support of the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Awareness Week 2014, announced the launch of its newest fabric care line, the Sweet Dreams Collection. The products are formulated with ingredients that not only clean and soften, but help to create a relaxing sleep environment, the company said.

“It’s hard to unwind and turn off your mind at the end of the day especially when technology like laptops and smartphones are so readily accessible and easy to use in bed,” said Dr. Ian Smith, celebrity physician and wellness expert. “In fact, the use of electronics before bedtime is one of the biggest issues doctors notice in patients who struggle to relax in order to fall asleep. That’s why I recommend patients start with simple solutions I’ve tried myself like turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime and creating an ideal sleep environment, including washing linens and pajamas in the Sweet Dreams Collection.”

The line includes:

  • Tide plus A touch of Downy Sweet Dreams, available nation-wide for a SRP of $13.99 for a 48-load bottle;
  • Downy Unstopables Dreams, available for a SRP of $6.99;
  • Downy Infusions Sweet Dreams, available for a SRP of $4.99-$5.99 for 40 loads; and
  • Bounce Sweet Dreams, available for a SRP of $4.89-$5.99 for a 150-count box.

 

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Dollar Tree realizes annual net sales increase of 6.1%

BY Michael Johnsen

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree on Wednesday posted sales of $2.2 billion for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, down slightly by 0.9%. However, fourth quarter 2012 included 13 weeks as compared to the 12-week period for fiscal 2013. 

For fiscal year 2013, the company’s consolidated net sales were $7.8 billion, up 6.1%. Comparable store sales increased 2.4%. Fiscal 2012 included 53 weeks, as compared with 52 weeks in fiscal 2013.

Comparable store sales increased 1.2%. 

"Dollar Tree delivered record earnings and our comparable-store sales grew, despite severe weather, a shorter holiday selling period and a challenging economic environment," said Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree CEO. "More customers are shopping Dollar Tree, responding to our incredible values and convenient shopping experience. Our inventories are fresh and our stores are full of exciting merchandise for the spring season." 

During the fourth quarter, Dollar Tree opened 51 stores, expanded or relocated four stores and closed 12 stores. Retail selling square footage increased 6.9% compared to a year ago, to 43.2 million sq. ft.

 

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