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Energizer launches iPhone charger

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS Keeping up with the times, Energizer has launched a rechargeable case with built-in battery for the newest edition of the iPhone.

Energizer’s AP 1201 for iPhone 4 has “smart” battery technology that auto senses the iPhone 4 battery power status, which is indicated through “hidden” LEDs on the back of the case. For efficient power management, two charging options provide either high-speed quick charge direct to the iPhone 4, or get simultaneous pass-through charging of the iPhone and AP1201 case. The AP1201 is rechargeable up to 500 times and comes with a USB charging cable.

 

“Energizer appreciates the value and utility that smart phones offer consumers, and also sees that the average consumer’s power requirements have been underestimated,” said Jim Olsen, VP marketing for Energizer North America. “The AP1201 is a direct response to the power deficit that many experience, and is just one of a full line of Energizer Energi To Go solutions that is bringing convenient power to consumers, and that is making mobility easier for them.”

 

The Energizer AP1201 now is available for a suggested retail price of $69.99 at major retailers nationwide.

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Old Mother Hubbard releases new dog treats

BY Allison Cerra

TEWKSBURY, Mass. Old Mother Hubbard now is offering 15 new varieties of natural dog snacks.

All Old Mother Hubbard snacks are made with natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, such as chicken, cheddar cheese, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes and oatmeal, without any artificial colors or flavors. And each crunchy snack is slowly oven-baked to preserve the mouth-watering flavors that dogs love to catch, chew and eat.

 

Old Mother Hubbard now offers:

  • Two new lines of soft and chewy snacks, which includes three new soft and chewy flavors;
  • Four new crunch varieties for its Mother’s Solutions line;
  • PB hearts;
  • Fish’NWaves;
  • Liv’R’Wedges; and
  • Wheat-free Chick’N’Apples.

Old Mother Hubbard also makes snacks that target specific health issues:

  • Hip and joint;
  • Skin and coat;
  • Tartar control;
  • Minty fresh breath; and
  • Low fat.

 

Old Mother Hubbard natural dog snacks also now sport an updated look, so that dogs and their owners can take a peek at the delicious snacks right inside the bag through its characteristic see-through window.

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Costco does well in Q4, FY2010

BY Alaric DeArment

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco had a big pickup in sales during fourth quarter 2010 and the fiscal year as a whole, according to an earnings report released Wednesday.

The membership-based mass-merchandise retailer reported fourth-quarter sales of $23.59 billion, an 8% increase over $21.89 billion in last year’s fourth quarter. Sales for the entire fiscal year were $76.25 billion, a 9% increase over $69.89 billion in fiscal year 2009.

Profit for the quarter was $432 million, compared with $374 million in fourth quarter 2009. Profit for the fiscal year was $1.3 billion, compared with $1.09 billion in fiscal year 2009.

 

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