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Mill Creek Entertainment brings war documentaries to DVD

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing historical documentary compilations about war on DVD March 22.

The lineup includes "The Last Voices of WWI," a two-disc DVD collection; the single-disc DVD of "The Revolutionary War: Heroes and Battles"; the 12-disc "America’s Wars" documentary; and the 11-disc "WWII: The War that Changed the World," which will make their way to retail.

The DVDs range in prices from $9.98 to $29.98.

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Probiotics have a home at Wegmans

BY Michael Johnsen

HUNT VALLEY, Md. — Wegmans hosts a bevy of natural solutions (gluten-free foods, supplements and homeopathic solutions) just outside the grocer’s produce department, including this refrigerated unit replete with probiotics and flax-seed oil supplements.

Probiotics contain live bacteria cultures that can die if exposed to too much heat. Beyond probiotics, many liquid supplements need to be refrigerated to prevent spoiling.

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Drugstore.com refocuses on faster-growing segments

BY Allison Cerra

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Drugstore.com posted a 23% increase in adjusted net sales during its fourth quarter ended Jan. 2.

Total sales for the quarter were $123.6 million. Drugstore.com also said that it served 533,000 new customers, excluding its strategic partnerships.

The company also report a narrowed loss of $663,000, or 1 cent per share, an improvement from the prior-year period, when Drugstore.com recorded a net loss of $1.6 million and a net loss per share of 2 cents per share.

Commenting on the results, Drugstore.com’s CEO and chairman, Dawn Lepore, said the company has refocused on its faster-growing over-the-counter and vision segments — which rose 24% and 14%, respectively — after selling its pharmacy business assets to BioScrip.

"During 2010, we made important strategic progress, achieving our targets for OTC and total beauty growth, and, even more importantly, laying the groundwork to deliver significant growth to both our top and bottom lines. I am confident that the improvements we have made to our site, the extensive testing we conducted on new product offerings, and the important investments we made this year position us for a strong 2011," Lepore said.

Looking ahead, Drugstore.com disclosed a net sales range of $123 million to $126 million.

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