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Shaw’s reopens two Maine stores

BY Allison Cerra

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Supervalu banner Shaw’s has reopened two of its revamped Maine locations.

The new formats, located in Auburn and Lewiston, are designed to provide a comfortable shopping experience with a focus on delivering premium customer service and seek to offer customers an expanded variety of the freshest produce, top-quality meat and seafood and a large selection of local products.

Shaw’s commemorated the reopenings with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stores on Friday.

"From the products and services to design layout, Shaw’s is committed to delivering a shopping experience that meets the needs of our local customers," Shaw’s president Mike Stigers said. "The redesigned Auburn and Lewiston locations bring a greater selection and variety to our customers, while offering a fresh, new feel to their shopping experience. We look forward to continuing to provide our neighbors with quality products and outstanding service they expect from Shaw’s."

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Consumers restrict discretionary spending in June

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales decline during the month of June, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

U.S. retail and food services sales for the month, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $401.5 billion, an decrease of 0.5% from the previous month but 3.8% above the year-ago period. Retail trade sales were down 0.5% from last month but 3.5% above last year.

Looking across retail categories, adjusted sales at grocery stores during the month of April increased about 0.1% to roughly $47.06 billion. Health and personal care stores saw a slight decline to nearly $22.8 billion. Retail sales for drug stores and pharmacies were not recorded; however, sales experienced a slight drop from April to May (about $19.14 billion). General merchandise stores’ sales decreased 0.2% seasonally-adjusted month-to-month and remained flat unadjusted year-over-year.

Commenting on the results, the National Retail Federation said there is "no doubt about it that consumers cooled off on discretionary spending this spring."

"While the retail industry remains confident in an incremental recovery, today’s statistics should concern every policy-maker in Washington, and compel them to revisit burdensome regulations and job-killing tax increases set to take effect early next year," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said.

Added NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz, "Weak economic numbers over the past few weeks have increased anxiety about the future direction of the economy. Today’s data is discouraging but not demoralizing. If you look at the first half of the year overall, retail sales actually increased 4.6% year-over-year, indicating that the economy is improving but maybe not quick enough to impact consumer spending and job growth."

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Kimberly-Clark expands Poise portfolio with line for menopausal women

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark has launched a line of consumer products specifically designed with menopausal women in mind.

Poise Feminine Wellness represents the Poise brand’s expansion into the feminine wellness category in the United States and Canada, following a rollout in parts of Latin America, Kimberly-Clark said. The line features five products designed to work naturally with a woman’s body during menopause, including: roll-on cooling gel; body cooling towelettes; personal lubricant; panty fresheners and feminine wash.

"Fifty million women across North America are approaching or experiencing menopause, but until now there has been no suite of consumer products that helps them cope on a daily basis," said Rebecca Dunphey, Poise brand director at Kimberly-Clark. "The Poise Feminine Wellness line is specifically designed to help women approach this life stage with confidence. These products are a natural extension for the Poise brand, which millions of women already rely on for discrete protection from light bladder leakage."

The launch of the new line will be supported by an integrated marketing program, "The 2nd Talk," which provides women with a new way to talk about menopause and approach the life stage with confidence. The integrated program will include an online destination for women at The2ndTalk.com that shares menopause knowledge, support and solutions, as well as television, print and online advertising, media and expert partnerships, public relations and in-store support.

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