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Census Bureau: Marginal increases in retail sales for July

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON The Census Bureau announced Friday that advance estimates of retail and food services sales for July totaled $362.7 billion, an increase of 0.4% from the previous month, and 5.5% above July 2009.

For the month, retail trade sales were up 0.4% from June, and 5.9% above last year. Grocery store sales slightly dropped in July from nearly $43.32 million to $42.23 million. While advance estimates for pharmacies and drug stores sales were not available, sales for the month of June totaled $18.7 million, up almost 1.1% from May.

Total sales for the May through July 2010 period were up 5.9% from the same period a year ago.

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Periscope introduces Flip Cover+Lights

BY Allison Cerra

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. Periscope has introduced an integrated reading light and deluxe cover for e-readers.

Periscope’s Flip Cover+Lights is available in two versions — one that’s compatible with both the Amazon Kindle 2 (6-inch screen) and Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers and a second larger version that is compatible with the Amazon Kindle DX e-reader.

The new Flip Cover+Lights are available at the following suggested retail prices: $49.95 for the Kindle 2/Nook version and $59.95 for the larger Kindle DX version.

“As the market for e-readers grows and expands at an explosive rate, so too does the demand for e-reader covers and reading lights,” said Periscope president Eric Fisherman. “Covers and lights are essential components of the e-reader package and neither is included with a basic e-reader purchase. What’s more, all current e-readers are standardized on a screen technology that is not back lit, which makes the purchase of a reading light mandatory if the product is to be enjoyed in a low light environment.”

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Pfizer’s Xyntha-administering syringe gets FDA approval

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK The Food and Drug Administration has approved a prefilled dual-chamber syringe made by Pfizer for treating hemophilia, Pfizer said.

The FDA approved the syringe for administering the drug Xyntha (antihemophilic factor [recombinant]) for hemophilia A. The drug is used to prevent and control bleeding episodes in patients.

“The approval of the pre-filled dual-chamber syringe is an important milestone for hemophilia patients due to its innovative, convenient reconstitution system that eliminates the transfer step,” Pfizer VP marketing for specialty biologics Emil Andrusko said.

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