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‘Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo’ arrives on DVD this fall

BY Allison Cerra

BURBANK, Calif. Warner Home Video is bringing Sesame Street’s beloved resident, Elmo, to DVD.

“Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo” supports such early math skills as number recognition, counting and enumeration with the help of Elmo and his friends.

“Warner Home Video is very happy to introduce ‘Counting with Elmo, ‘our newest DVD title in Sesame Street’s new DVD set ‘Preschool is Cool,’” said Amit Desai, WHV VP family animation and partner brands marketing. “Counting is an essential tool that every preschooler must learn and there’s nobody better than the beloved Elmo and Professor Grover to show kids how fun and exciting numbers can be.”

“Preschool is Cool: Counting with Elmo” is available on DVD Sept. 14, for a suggested retail priceof $14.98.

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Pfizer, Samsung Medical Center form liver cancer research partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Treatments for liver cancer could emerge from a new research partnership between the world’s largest drug maker and a medical center in Korea.

Pfizer and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul announced Wednesday a collaboration to analyze tumors from Korean patients and generate genetic profiles that they said could direct therapies and improve the outcomes of liver cancer patients.

“We are pleased to have an opportunity to work with the world’s No. 1 pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to better understand cancer in Korean patients, with the goal of being able to send a new message of hope for patients with liver cancer across the world, especially in Asia,” Samsung Medical Center president Choi Han-Yong said.

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Census Bureau reports retail sales for June

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The Census Bureau announced that advance estimates of retail and food services sales for June dropped 0.5% to $360.2 billion, compared with the previous month. However, sales rose 4.8% when compared with the year-ago period.

The Census Bureau also disclosed that total sales for the April through June 2010 period were up 6.8% from the same period a year ago, perhaps showing that an economic turnaround indeed is underway.

In related news, advance estimates were not available for drug store sales, although the Census Bureau noted that the market share for this business sector has remained relatively the same from month to month. Health and personal care stores saw a near 0.5% gain, increasing from $21.6 to $21.7 million. Grocery stores, however, dropped from $43.6 million to nearly $43.4 million.

“Today’s data shows consumers continue to take a cautious approach towards shopping,” said NRF president and CEO Matt Shay. “However, growth in key areas such as electronics, apparel and department stores is an encouraging sign as we enter the back-to-school shopping season.”

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