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Mill Creek Entertainment announces DVD releases of three TV shows

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing three TV series to DVD next month.

On March 22, the company said it will release a single-disc DVD of "The Bill Cosby Show" Best of Season One, Cosby’s Emmy-nominated first situation comedy, for a suggested retail price of $9.98.

Also coming to DVD is "Marcus Welby M.D." Best of Season One, the story of a committed family physician, which will feature 10 episodes on two discs for $9.98.

What’s more, Mill Creek Entertainment will debut the complete series of "Hawkeye," a 4-DVD set that features all 25 episodes of the show, set in the 18th century, for $14.98.

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Hallmark’s brand campaign celebrates everyday life

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark wants customers to celebrate life’s everyday, unexpected moments through a new tagline and year-round campaign.

The greeting card company’s "Life is a Special Occasion" campaign will communicate and engage with consumers year-round. Hallmark said that its recent product innovations, including recordable storybooks, personalized greetings, personalized plates and interactive story buddies, help customers capture those moments that often pass by.

"We are committed to Hallmark’s brand purpose of inspiring meaningful connections that enhance relationships and enrich lives," said Lisa Macpherson, Hallmark’s chief marketing officer. "However, as our products and services expand to meet consumer needs, we have an opportunity to expand Hallmark’s brand relevance in our consumer’s daily lives as well. Life is a Special Occasion was developed to help achieve that goal."

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Tough times impact Stater Bros.’ Q1

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Customers facing economic challenges caused a decline in Stater Bros.’ first-quarter sales, the Southern California supermarket chain said Wednesday.

For the quarter ended Dec. 26, Stater Bros. experienced a 2.3% decline in supermarket sales, as did same-store sales — which dropped to $21.3 million — for the period. The chain said that its customers "continue to face tough economic challenges as our economy continues to have a negative effect on their family budgets."

Net income for the quarter dropped 80% to $1.3 million, compared with first quarter 2010. Stater Bros. noted that the net income of first quarter 2010 included an after-tax gain of $4.7 million from the company’s dairy asset sale.

On the upside, the company did report that its overall debt load was reduced, which in turn will reduce the company’s interest expense.

Commenting on the results, Stater Bros. chairman, president and CEO, Jack Brown, said that the company’s emphasis "is to retain customers by providing value, so [they can] get the most out of their shopping dollars, while providing them with a friendly and satisfying experience on each and every one of their visits to our supermarkets."

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