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H-E-B decks the halls with online deals

BY Gina Acosta

SAN ANTONIO — H-E-B is blazing another new trail in the online grocery market with a special holiday promotion.

The Texas-based grocery chain is hosting 12 Days of Deals, online only, Dec. 5 through Dec. 16. Each day, HEB says, it will feature a doorbuster deal with something for everyone, from TVs and toys, to crockpots and coolers.

"We are excited to offer such a generous assortment of daily deals through our new online store just in time for the holidays," said Bill Anderson, group VP, general merchandise, drugstore and beauty. "We hope these 12 Days of Deals and free shipping will make it easy for shoppers to check off their gift lists no matter where they live."

H-E-B, one of the nation's largest regional grocery retailers, recently launched an online store offering 50,000 shelf stable foods, drugstore and general merchandise products. 

The 12 Days of Deals lineup (while supplies last) includes:

  • Dec. 5 – 50" Hitachi TV – $299 (was $599)
  • Dec. 6 – Corona Cooler – $79.99 (was $159.97)
  • Dec. 7 – QFX Speaker – $99 (was$189)
  • Dec. 8 – 50% off Bella Appliances
  • Dec. 9 – Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage (includes six vehicles) – $69.99 (was$88)
  • Dec.10 – 40% off CocinawareTM – H-E-B line of colorful cookware, kitchen gadgets and tableware
  • Dec. 11 – 30% off 38 quart Kodi Cooler
  • Dec. 12 – Frozen Boombox – $9.98 (was$29.99), Frozen Headphones – $9.98 (were $19.99)
  • Dec. 13 – 40% off Calphalon
  • Dec. 14 – 30% off all Toys (excluding LEGO)
  • Dec. 15 – 50% off L'Oreal Makeup (discount limited to first 10 items per purchase)
  • Dec. 16 – 50% off Slow Cookers

Each deal will start at 10 a.m. CST. Deal of the Day purchases are limited to one per customer, per check out. Shipping is free for orders of $25 or more that include the featured deal of the day.  All customer orders are delivered using standard shipping and in some Texas cities may arrive the very next day. Orders are shipped in one to three days and can be sent throughout Texas, to 46 states (excludes California, Alaska and Hawaii), and to any Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office (APO/FPO) address in the world. 

H-E-B operates more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico and at HEB.com.

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Ulta Beauty’s Q3 glamorous with sales up 22%

BY Gina Acosta

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty's formula of one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon beauty products continued to produce impressive sales growth in the third quarter.


The beauty retailer reported a 12.8% increase in customer traffic for the third quarter ended Nov. 1 and average spending rose by 2.2%. E-commerce sales grew 56.3% to $46.2 million from $29.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, representing 190 basis points of the total company comparable sales increase of 12.8%. The company also raised its outlook for the third time this year: Comps are now expected to rise 11%, rather than the 8% the Ulta team forecast in May. 


“Ulta Beauty’s excellent performance in the third quarter was highlighted by top line momentum driven by double digit traffic growth, leading to above-plan earnings growth,” said Mary Dillon, CEO. “Delivering against our six strategic imperatives continues to drive our business forward. We believe our efforts to build awareness of the Ulta Beauty brand are bringing more guests to discover our differentiated assortment and the benefits of our loyalty program, now boasting 17 million active members. As a result of our financial performance in the third quarter and our position of strength heading into the holiday season, we are raising our guidance and now expect our 2015 full year earnings growth rate to be in the low twenties.”

One reason for Ulta's success may be the retailer's personalized in-store experience, which cannot be duplicated by Amazon or other Internet retailers. Which is not to say the company is ignoring e-commerce. Indeed, Ulta is managing to win at both store and online traffic, a difficult feat in the current retail environment.

For the third quarter net sales at Ulta increased 22.1% to $910.7 million from $745.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Income per diluted share increased 22.0% to $1.11 compared to $0.91 in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. The retailer's online business also posted strong results, rising 56.3% to make a solid contribution to overall comps growth.

During the third quarter, the company opened 45 new stores and ended the third quarter with 860 stores and square footage of 9,080,084, representing a 12% increase in square footage compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

For the fourth quarter the company expects net sales in the range of $1,212 million to $1,233 million, compared to actual net sales of $1,047.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.
 

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Curel’s Itch Defense aims to help dry winter skin

BY David Salazar

CINCINNATI — As winter starts to settle in, the potential for dry, itchy skin increases. Curél recently launched new Itch Defense products just for consumers for whom winter can cause itchy discomfort. 
 
The Curél Itch Defense Body Wash ($6.99) is a cleanser that hydrates with a blend of cleansing agents that are mild enough for use on seriously dry or eczema-prone skin. The body wash uses a soap-free formula that softens skin. 
 
Additionally, the company has rolled out its Itch Defense Soothing Moisturizing Spray ($8.99). The non-medicated spray is meant to instantly relieve dry, itchy skin. The spray contained such hydrators as allantoin and panthenol to relieve itchy skin, the company said. 
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