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Rite Aid reports increase in sales, comps for December

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid reported a 2.9% increase in same-store sales for the month of December, the retail pharmacy chain said Friday.

For the four-week period that ended Saturday, front-end same-store sales increased by 1%, while pharmacy same-store sales increased by 4.1%, including a 1% negative effect from the introduction of new generic drugs. Meanwhile, a decrease in sales of flu shots and prescription flu drugs resulted in a 2% decrease in same-store script count.

Total sales were $2.109 billion, an increase of 2.7% over December 2012.

Meanwhile, for the 43-week period that ended Saturday, same-store sales increased by 0.5%, including a 0.1% increase in front-end same-store sales and a 0.7% increase in pharmacy same-store sales. Total sales during the same period were $20.953 billion, a 0.2% increase over the same period in 2012.

 

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The Little Clinic opens new clinics in Tennessee, Ohio

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE — The Little Clinic, which operates retail health clinics inside select Kroger stores, recently expanded its geographic reach with new clinics in Tennessee and Ohio.

"Increasing our footprint in Middle Tennessee is important so that we can serve more patients close to where they live, work and shop," stated Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. "The Little Clinic is a convenient, quality resource for the community."
 
The official grand opening event for the new Lebanon location will take place Jan. 14 and will include such in-store activities as free blood-pressure and blood-glucose screenings. Refreshments will be served, and customers who receive a screening will get a $5-off a $25 Kroger purchase coupon while supplies last.
 
In addition, the company recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Westerville, Ohio.

"Ohio is a region of focused growth for The Little Clinic, and we are excited to expand our footprint into the Westerville community," Patric said.
 
 

 

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Correction: Walgreens firing on all cylinders as chain realizes a total comp sales increase of 5.4% for its first quarter

BY Michael Johnsen

 NEW YORK — A story that appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of DSN AM, "Walgreens firing on all cylinders as chain realizes a total comp sales increase of 5.4% for its first quarter," incorrectly stated that Walgreens had administered an increase of 3.4% in flu shots in the first quarter. 

While the company did administer 6.7 million flu shots in the first quarter, it was actually 34% more than it delivered in the same period one year ago. DSN apologizes for the error.

 

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