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Publix supports flood, tornado relief

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA In line with many other retailers in southern United States, Publix has established a program to offer customers a way to assist those affected by the devastating floods and tornados in Alabama and Tennessee.

Customers may donate at the register to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Publix stores throughout Tennessee and most of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The customer donation program will continue for a few weeks, based on customer response.

In related efforts, Nashville-area Publix stores will be collecting nonperishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. The food bags will be distributed to shelters servicing the impacted communities. The company also is coordinating efforts with Feed the Children for a donation of approximately $25,000 in shelf-stable items.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, homes and personal belongings as a result of this disaster,” said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix. “We would also like to take a moment to recognize our associates who are working hard everyday to make sure that their Publix is open and able to provide the products and services our customers need and want.”

Currently, all Publix locations are open and serving their surrounding communities.

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Publix sees positive numbers for Q1

BY Allison Cerra

LAKELAND, Fla. Publix’s first-quarter sales and same-store sales increased 2.1% and 0.9%, respectively, from the year-ago period, the Florida-based retailer announced.

Sales for first quarter 2010 totaled $6.5 billion, while net earnings for the quarter increased 13.3% to $364.4 million, compared with $321.5 million in 2009. Earnings per share also rose in 2010 to 47 cents, from 41 cents last year.

Effective May 1, Publix’s stock price increased from $17.35 per share to $18.50 per share. Publix stock is not publicly traded and is  made available for sale only to current Publix associates and members of  its board of directors.

“I’m proud of all the Publix associates who have worked hard to continue delivering premier customer service in these difficult times,” said  Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw. “Our improved operating performance is a result  of their hard work and dedication.”

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Dollar General donates supplies to flood victims

BY Allison Cerra

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Discount retailer Dollar General is making merchandise donations to the American Red Cross to aid flood victims in three states.

The company is donating a variety of supplies to flood victims in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, including personal hygiene products, socks, underwear and diapers. Additionally, Dollar General is donating cleaning supplies to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The discount retailer also is asking customers and employees for help in aiding these citizens through http://www.redcross.org/.

“Dollar General is dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors recover from this disaster,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “These much-needed supplies will aid flood victims as they work to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected, and we are committed to helping these communities recover quickly.”

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