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Dollar General designates April to benefit Autism Speaks

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Throughout April, more than 11,000 Dollar General retail locations across the country will collect donations to benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization.

"For the fifth consecutive year, Dollar General is proud to support Autism Speaks in their research and advocacy efforts," stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. "An integral part of Dollar General’s mission of serving others is our commitment to investing in nonprofit organizations that support our customers and communities. Through Dollar General’s commitment to its mission and our customers’ generosity, we look forward to making a positive impact on families affected by autism."

During the month of April, customers may donate any monetary amount at check-out to support the organization’s research and advocacy of autism. Through collections in 2013, Dollar General raised $1.1 million for Autism Speaks.

 

 

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FMI, Matrix Group release animated video as part of association’s ‘Supermarket Facts Video Series’

BY Michael Johnsen

ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute and Matrix Group, a digital agency specializing in e-marketing, on Thursday announced the release of a new animated video as part of the trade association’s "Supermarket Facts Video Series."

With two-thirds of American shoppers believing that their food choices are an important factor affecting their health, supermarkets are hiring an increasing number of registered dietitians to help them make healthy decisions. 

Using infographics and animation, this video illustrates how supermarkets are supporting their health and wellness strategies.

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IMS opens IPO at $20 per share

BY Michael Johnsen

DANBURY, Conn. — IMS Health Holdings on Thursday announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 65 million shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $20 per share, including 52 million shares to be sold by IMS Health and 13 million shares to be sold by selling shareholders. In addition, the selling shareholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 9.75 million shares of common stock at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.  

IMS Health expects to use substantially all of the net proceeds from the shares offered by it to repay existing long-term debt. IMS Health will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling shareholders.

The offering is expected to close on April 9, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on April 4, 2014 under the ticker symbol “IMS.”

 

 

 

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