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DSNTV: The buzz from AmerisourceBergen ThoughtSpot 2015

BY DSN STAFF

LAS VEGAS — AmerisourceBergen’s ThoughtSpot 2015 took over Las Vegas last week, where the company celebrated independent pharmacy and debuted expanded new service offerings for its newly renamed Elevate Provider Network, to the crowd of over 4,500. In this edition of DSNTV, Drug Store News Editor-in-Chief Rob Eder shares highlights from ThoughtSpot 2015, where DSN was onsite at the MGM Grand.

To see more of Drug Store News’ coverage from AmerisourceBergen ThoughtSpot 2015, click here.

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Costco reports increase in sales, U.S. comps for July

BY David Salazar

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco has reported $8.64 billion in net sales for the month of July — an increase of about 1% over the same period last year. The company also announced that for the 48 weeks ended Aug. 2, its net sales of 105.95 billion were up 3% over the same period last year. 
 
Comparable same-store sales in Costco’s U.S. locations were up by 3% both for the four weeks and 48 weeks ended Aug. 2. International comps were down 10% for the four-week period and down 4% for the 48-week period. When the impact of deflating gas prices and foreign exchange are excluded, comps were up 6% in U.S. stores for the four-week period, up 7% in the U.S. for the 48-week period and up 7% internationally for the month and year. 
 
The areas with the best-performing stores were in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Midwest region. 
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Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation teams with WBA to support EORTC research fund

BY Michael Johnsen

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation has pledged 1 million euros to the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Research Fund to help fight cancer, particularly breast cancer. Part of the donation will support the SPECTAcolor Biobank, a tumor tissue sample Biobank and biomarker analysis platform for genetic profiling of patients suffering from advanced cancer.
 
In supporting this Biobank, the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation will join forces with Walgreens Boots Alliance, which has a long-term partnership with the EORTC Cancer Research Fund.
 
“We warmly thank the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation for its kind donation, which will greatly help support the Biobank in its efforts to prolong and save lives of colorectal cancer patients," said Ornella Barra, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance and chief executive of global wholesale and international retail. "Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of what we do at Walgreens Boots Alliance and we are committed to making a positive and lasting difference to the wellbeing of the communities we serve.”
 
“We are making powerful inroads in the fight against breast, colon and other cancers,” Mireille Gillings, trustee of the Dennis & Mireille Gillings Foundation, said. “This donation will continue to build momentum as we strive to develop cancer cures within a generation.”
 
The aims of the EORTC are to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate translational and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patient quality of life. Among its initiatives is a breast cancer group whose goal is to carry out high quality international clinical trials.
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