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Duane Reade to be presenting sponsor for AIDS Walk New York

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Duane Reade will be the first-ever presenting sponsor of AIDS Walk New York on May 16 and has pledged a minimum contribution of $225,000 through the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation.

Also as part of its sponsorship, Duane Reade is selling special $1 paper red-ribbon pinups in its more than 250 New York metro-area stores through May 15 — the day before AIDS Walk New York. All of the funds raised by the ribbon sales will support GMHC and dozens of other local HIV/AIDS services organizations in the tri-state area.

It is estimated that 45,000 people will join the 25th annual AWNY, a fundraising walkathon beginning and ending in Central Park. Duane Reade’s employee group will be one of an anticipated 2,900 corporate and community fundraising teams participating.

In addition, GMHC and Duane Reade are working together on multiple efforts to raise awareness about HIV, GMHC’s work and the AIDS Walk. This includes in-store AIDS Walk registration drives and on-site free and confidential HIV testing through GMHC’s mobile testing unit.

Duane Reade became a sponsor of AWNY in 2002, and has increased its sponsorship level in subsequent years.

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Report: Walgreens to offer genetic test kits

BY Jim Frederick

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens soon will begin selling genetic test kits that may help customers learn more about their risk levels for various diseases, according to a report Monday in The New York Times.

The tests, which measure genetic markers for such potential conditions as diabetes and cancer, are marketed by Pathway Genomics. The company said its test kits likely will be sold in many of Walgreens’ more than 7,500 drug stores, the Times reported.

The DNA tests are based on patients’ saliva samples, according to the report, and will be conducted by outside laboratories. Users will pay as much as $250 or more for the Pathway sample kit sold in the stores and a full set of lab analyses, according to the report.

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Winn-Dixie reports 2.3% sales decrease, but is ‘on track’

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores late Monday afternoon reported $1.7 billion in net sales for the 12-week period ended March 31, representing a decrease of 2.3% as compared with the year prior.

Identical-store sales, which exclude stores that opened or closed during the quarter, decreased 2.2% for the third quarter compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. However, the grocer’s 51 offensive remodel stores that are still within their first year of operation had a 6.3% weighted average sales increase compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year, excluding the grand re-opening phase.

“We are pleased that our results were in line with our expectations, as we continue to navigate through this challenging economic environment,” stated Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixie chairman, CEO and president. “By effectively managing our promotional activity, and exercising discipline with respect to our overall expenses and capital spending, we remain on track to meet our financial guidance for the year.”

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