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Retailers toy with low prices to entice holiday shoppers

BY Barbara White-Sax

Santa’s bag likely will be holding a number of gifts under $10 this year. With consumers still uneasy about the economy, retailers who stock the right toys at sharp prices will have the merriest Christmas selling season.

In early September, Walmart announced that it was expanding its holiday $10 toys section to include more than 100 toys, The chain introduced a successful “10 for $10” toy program last year that included classics as well as new releases and top-brand toys.

Toys”r”Us and Target have followed Warlmart’s lead with similar programs this year. “Everyone is competing for the consumers’ dollar,” said Adrienne Citrin, a spokeswoman for the Toy Industry Association. “The No. 1 trend is price points.”

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E-prescriptions hit 4 million mark at Walgreens in October

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK The United States has long been a laggard in healthcare information technology, but the country lately has undergone a Cambrian explosion of e-prescribing, as numbers from Walgreens and the e-prescribing network Surescripts demonstrate. The $19 billion that the federal stimulus package offers as an incentive to adopt HIT likely will accelerate the trend.

 

Walgreens reported Tuesday that the number of prescriptions filed electronically through an e-prescribing program the company started in 1992 reached 4 million in October – a 185% increase over last October – and is projected to reach 45 million by the end of the year. That number was 15 million in 2008.

 

 

Further evidence comes from the e-prescribing network Surescripts, which reported in October that more than 140,000 physicians, physician assistance and nurse practitioners now transmit prescriptions electronically. At the end of last year, by contrast active e-prescribers numbered 74,000 and hit the 100,000 mark in May.

 

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Curtis Circulation Co. to distribute Light of Consciousness

BY Allison Cerra

NEW MILFORD, N.J. Curtis Circulation Co. announced the distribution of “a journal of spiritual awakening.”

Curtis announced that it will distribute Light of Consciousness, a quarterly publication is dedicated to seekers interested in awakening consciousness, personal and global transformation and the timeless wisdom of the world’s religious traditions, the company said,

Curtis Circulation Co., a worldwide periodicals distributor, represents many leading and prestigious publishers. The New Milford, N.J.-based firm is a division of Lagardere Services.

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