Apple® announced fiscal 2014 second quarter financial results ended March 29, 2014

CUPERTINO, California, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3 percent compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market.”

“We generated $13.5 billion in cash flow from operations and returned almost $21 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the March quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “That brings cumulative payments under our capital return program to $66 billion.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 third quarter:

  • revenue between $36 billion and $38 billion
  • gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
  • operating expenses between $4.4 billion and $4.5 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $200 million
  • tax rate of 26.1 percent

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q2 2014 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on April 23, 2014 at This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013, its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 28, 2013, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2014 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum and Meijer announce “Dream it, Build it” Building Contest with LEGO® bricks

Grand Rapids, MI, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Get your LEGO® bricks ready. The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) in collaboration with Meijer announced today that it’s now accepting entries for the “Meijer Dream it, Build it Building Contest” – a contest with LEGO® bricks. The contest is open now through June 7, and promises to engage the public in creativity, architecture and art using the LEGO® brick as a medium.

The Meijer Dream it, Build it Building Contest is looking for participants to create their best, original LEGO® brick creation consisting entirely of LEGO® Duplo, Megablocks, or other LEGO®-compatible plastic bricks or related pieces. The entry must be photographed, and photographs must be emailed to the GRPM.

Prizes include tickets to see “Real Pirates” – an exhibition coming to the GRPM this fall, Skylark LEGO® kits, Meijer gift cards, and your creation on display from mid-July to August 31 at the Museum. Participants can enter individually or in a team, and categories are based on age. LEGO® creations cannot exceed 12” x 12” x 3’ for individuals or 24” x 24” x 4’ for groups.

To find out more about instructions and how to enter visit To submit entries, register online and send no more than five .jpg images to with your name/group name and category in the subject line. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, June 7 at 11:59 p.m. to participate. Full contest rules can be found at

Meijer is the title sponsor of the “Dream it, Build it” contest, a LEGO® Certified Professional Exhibit on display through August 31 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. “Dream it, Build it” features architectural masterpieces recreated with LEGO® bricks by Certified Lego Professional Adam Reed Tucker. Additional information can be found at

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street NW. The mission of the museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit


Kate Moore, (616) 929-1713,;
Christina Fecher, (616) 735-7968,


Target pharmacists in Canada available to provide expert advice on how to manage allergy symptoms this spring

Expert advice and innovative products available at Target Pharmacies across Canada

MISSISSAUGA, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target announced today that pharmacists across Canada are available in-store to help answer guests’ questions and provide expert advice on how to manage unpleasant allergy symptoms this spring. Approximately one in four Canadians currently suffer from seasonal allergies and following an extremely harsh winter, the 2014 allergy season is expected to be one of the worst.

For many, the wheezing and coughing has already begun, with the most common allergy symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy swollen throat and dry cough. While allergies might make some guests inclined to stay confined to the indoors, a visit to a local Target pharmacist can help sufferers effectively manage symptoms and breathe easier in the months ahead.

“Allergies can often be confused with the common cold, and it’s important to differentiate before seeking treatment,” says Bowen Chen, pharmacist, Target Canada. “At this time of year, the main allergen is tree pollen, while grass pollens dominate in the summer and weed pollens in the autumn. You can rely on your local pharmacist to be a good resource for helping to manage your seasonal allergies and recommending the best products and solutions based on your specific allergens. Effectively controlling allergies is especially important in preventing symptoms from leading to more serious complications such as asthma attacks. ”

Below are some helpful tips and tricks for allergy prevention and treatment:

  • Keep doors and windows closed to keep allergens out of your personal space
  • Prevent itchy eyes by wearing sunglasses when you’re outdoors. Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes against pollen.
  • Check your local pollen forecast so you can take your medication early, before symptoms start
  • Don’t go to sleep with unwashed hair. Pollen sticks to hair and clothes, so wash your hair before bed, change your pillowcases often and wash your bed sheets in hot water once a week.
  • Vacuum and dust regularly to eliminate buildup of dust and other allergens.
  • Regularly bathe or rinse pets that make frequent trips outside in order to avoid pollen accumulation in fur
  • If allergies require an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Allerject, etc) or other medications, be sure to monitor expiration dates and carry on you at all times in the event of an attack

Target helps guests achieve their health and wellness goals by ensuring products, services and expert advice are convenient and affordable. With over 100 Target pharmacy locations across Canada, Target pharmacists are available to help guests find solutions that meet their needs this allergy season. Target also offers a wide range of affordable spring cleaning products to trap allergy triggers and help keep the pollen and allergen counts lower in the home. For more information, including pharmacy locations and hours, please visit

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 127 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit


Target pharmacists in Canada available to provide expert advice on how to manage allergy symptoms this spring

Product recall: Price Chopper Ground Beef sold on April 22 ONLY at the Cortland NY store

Schenectady, N.Y., 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on Price Chopper Ground Beef sold on April 22 ONLY at the Cortland, NY store located at 854 State Route 13 in Cortland. The product is being recalled due to the possibility that a paper soaker pad may have been ground in with the beef. There is no health risk associated with this recall.

In total, only eight customers purchased the affected products and four of them have already been contacted through Price Chopper’s SoundBite notification program, which uses purchase data and consumer phone numbers on file in connection with the company’s AdvantEdge (loyalty) card to alert those households that may have purchased the product in question.

Customers with the affected product, should return it to their local Price Chopper for a full refund. For more information, customers can visit or call 800-666-7667, option 3, Monday through Friday, 8:30am -7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

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About Price Chopper
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 132 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 51% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

Wincor Nixdorf named 2013 IT Supplier of the Year by Tesco

Exceptional Performance Leads to Supplier Award

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wincor Nixdorf, the retail and banking solutions provider, today announced that Tesco, one of the world’s leading retailers, has named it ‘2013 IT Supplier of the Year’ for outstanding performance providing end-to-end IT solutions including hardware and services. This is the second consecutive year that Wincor Nixdorf has received a supplier accolade thanks to its commitment to excellence, and the first year that Tesco has named it overall IT supplier of the year.

Over 2013 Wincor Nixdorf delivered a number of outstanding projects to Tesco, most notably ensuring 100 percent availability of all checkout terminals across the retailer’s European store network during the critical 22nd-23rd December shopping days. This highlight followed a year of exceptional service delivery during which time Wincor Nixdorf ensured high availability of checkout terminals month after month.

In addition to this, Wincor Nixdorf also piloted its latest cash solutions to very positive feedback and deployed its system integrator model – where Wincor Nixdorf is the primary IT service provider – across Asia, Malaysia and China. This model simplifies Tesco’s business processes as it only needs one point of contact rather than having to deal with multiple suppliers and thanks to its success in Malaysia and China, Wincor Nixdorf is now looking to expand this to Thailand and South Korea.

Mike McNamara, CIO at Tesco said, “Wincor Nixdorf consistently goes above and beyond our expectations to deliver successful IT projects that optimise our business operations. Furthermore, the team’s service delivery is second-to-none and the fact that they were able to ensure 100% availability of all our checkout terminals during the busiest days of the Christmas season demonstrates this. As a strategic partner, Wincor Nixdorf is constantly looking for new ways to help achieve our core business objectives and is integral in helping us realise our number one priority – ensuring customers get a seamless shopping experience.”

Craig Bevan, Wincor Nixdorf’s Tesco General Manager commented, “We are delighted that Tesco has named us ‘2013 IT Supplier of the Year’, taking our award for ‘Service Supplier of the Year’ in 2012 one step further. We are committed to delivering first-class solutions every day and it is great that Tesco has recognised this. Continuous improvement is integral to how we operate so we look forward to continuing to raise the bar over 2014 to help Tesco achieve its business objectives.”

Tesco and Wincor Nixdorf have a long-standing partnership that began over 20 years ago when the British retailer placed its first order for POS systems. In May 2012, Tesco transferred maintenance and service of all hardware systems for 2,700 stores in its British and Irish home markets to Wincor Nixdorf. This came on top of the service business for 1,000 stores in five Central and Eastern European countries already under contract. Today, Wincor Nixdorf provides standardised services across borders for all of Tesco’s European operations as the retailer’s preferred systems integrator and strategic partner.


EDY’S® ICE CREAM participates in Stop & Shop’s Triple Winner® program to support pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Join us in the fight against pediatric cancer and grab a sweet treat!

Quincy, MA, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Everyone’s a winner when they join the fight with Stop & Shop for a special fundraising day on Saturday, April 26, 2014, to benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment.

Now in its 24th year, Stop & Shop’s Triple Winner® program helps support pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Customers who give a $1 contribution* at Stop & Shop registers receive a Triple Winner scratch ticket and could be an instant winner of a free product or cash prizes up to $10,000 or could receive a product coupon. The program runs now through July 10.

Customers who make a $1 contribution* on April 26th will receive a free single-serve ice cream cup and a Triple Winner scratch ticket. Several popular brands of single-serve ice cream cups, including those by Häagen-Dazs® ice cream and EDY’S® SLOW CHURNED® light ice cream, are participating in Stop & Shop’s Triple Winner® program.

Stop & Shop will donate 100% of the money raised during the Triple Winner program to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, EDY’S will donate $.05 for every single-serve cup, shake or smoothie sold between April 19 and June 7, 2014, with no limitation on the amount donated during this timeframe.

“Stop & Shop is honored to be able to make this yearly contribution to help support cancer research at The Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” said Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop New England. “Year after year, the Triple Winner Game makes us proud to have customers and vendor partners so eager to help make this campaign a success.”

“Since 2006, EDY’S, as a part of the Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company, has been dedicated to helping raise money for children’s cancer research with the help of caring people through the partnership with Stop & Shop. We raised more than $43,000 in the New England Division last year, and we hope to raise even more this year with the community’s help,” said Avantika Chakravorty for Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company. “We urge everyone to come in to their local Stop & Shop store on April 26 and join us in the fight against childhood cancer by donating through Triple Winner.”

“Dana-Farber is fortunate to have such strong partnerships with Stop & Shop and EDY’S Ice Cream,” said David Giagrando, director, Corporate Partnerships, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “The Triple Winner Program and EDY’S in-store promotion raise important funds to support cancer research at The Stop & Shop Family Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at Dana- Farber.”

For more information about the Triple Winner program, look for store promotions and signage at your local Stop & Shop or visit

All registered trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S. A., Vevey, Switzerland, or used with permission.

*No purchase/contribution necessary. Legal U.S. residents 18 or older are eligible. Valid from 4/11/14 to 7/10/14 (or when all tickets are distributed/termination announced). Odds of winning an instant prize are 1 in 5. Odds of winning 2nd Chance Sweepstakes depends on number of entries. Restrictions apply. See stores for details or go

Triple Winner. is a registered trademark of The Hutton Company, Inc.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 59,000 associates and operates 394 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, or

About Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company
Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company is part of Nestlé USA, and is owned by Nestlé S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland, the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company. Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company manufactures, markets and distributes a full spectrum of ice cream and frozen snacks. The company’s premium products are marketed under the Dreyer’s brand name throughout the Western states and Texas, and under the Edy’s® brand name throughout the remainder of the United States. Brands manufactured or distributed in the United States include Dreyer’s/Edy’s® Grand, Slow Churned®, Dibs®, MAXX, Fruit Bars, Nestlé Crunch®, Drumstick®, Butterfinger®, Toll House®, Push-Up®, Frosty Paws®, Eskimo Pie®, Skinny Cow® and Häagen-Dazs®. Internationally, the Dreyer’s brand extends to select markets in the Far East and the Edy’s brand extends to the Caribbean and South America. For more information on the company, please visit

In the U.S., the Häagen-Dazs trademark is licensed to Nestlé by General Mills.

Jenny Krupski
Stop & Shop New England Division

Avantika Chakravorty
Manager, Category & Shopper Center of Excellence

Dolly Parton to appear on QVC for a live performance from Nashville on Sunday, April 27

The Multimedia Retailer to Broadcast a Live Intimate Performance with Country Icon

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — In advance of the launch of her upcoming album Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton is scheduled to appear on QVC for a special performance live from Nashville Sunday, April 27 at 7 PM (ET).  During the “Dolly Parton Q Sessions Live from Nashville – featuring ‘Blue Smoke’” broadcast, Parton will perform songs from her latest album, as well as a few of her greatest hits. Fans will also have the opportunity to order Blue Smoke, which will be bundled with Dolly Parton Live, a bonus CD compiled especially for QVC.

“Dolly Parton is one of the most celebrated female country performers of all time,” said Ken O’Brien, vice president of merchandising at QVC. “It is an honor to offer our customers a front-row seat to one of her performances and the opportunity to purchase Dolly’s highly anticipated new album before street date.”

Containing a collection of 12 bluegrass and country songs, Blue Smoke is Parton’s 42nd studio album and first release since 2011. Featuring duets with country music legends such as Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, Blue Smoke is a reflection of Parton’s wide-ranging musical styles and influences.The QVC broadcast will allow viewers to hear new singles including “Blue Smoke,” “Home” and “Banks of the Ohio,” as well as fan favorites including “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.”

“I’ve always been passionate about performing in front of my fans,” said Parton. “To be able to unveil my new album on QVC and have my music broadcast live to more than 100 million homes across the U.S. is an exciting opportunity.”

A legend in country music, Parton’s career has spanned nearly five decades and includes a litany of achievements and accolades. The internationally renowned superstar has won seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

The two-CD set containing Blue Smoke and Dolly Parton Live will be available, while supplies last, beginning April 21 through, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItaly and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.


M&S launches a toy made from litter collected at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event

LONDON, 2014-4-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a fun toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event.

The product has regenerated litter such as plastic cups, fishing tackle and bottle tops into a brand new, shop ready product for customers to enjoy.

It launches in time for this year’s Big Beach Clean-Up (which kicks off today and runs until the 30th April) and is on sale now at M& and in six costal M&S stores – Belfast (Abbey Centre), Bexhill, Lytham St Annes, Silverlink Retail Park, Weston Super Mare and Edinburgh Kinnaird.

It costs £2.50, with 50p from each sale going directly to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Mike Barry, Director of Plan A (M&S’ eco and ethical programme) at M&S, said: “We’ve managed to transform waste, taking it off beaches where it threatens marine life, into a brand new product that is fun for our customers and raises money for MCS’ on-going work to protect our seas. That’s Plan A in action, a volunteer event that engages customers, saves precious raw materials and gives back to charity – all with a business case behind it.”

Last April thousands of M&S customers and employees helped clean over 300km of coastline. To trial whether or not M&S could collect and make a product from the beach litter, the plastic from six of the beaches was segregated, cleaned and reprocessed into production ready recycled plastic.

Two UK firms supported the project. Axion Polymers, a recycling specialist based in Salford, transformed the litter into product grade recycled plastic and Make a Material Difference, based in Leicester, created and manufactured the product.

This year’s M&S Big Beach Clean-up will clean 140 UK beaches and canals from 24th to 30th April. The target is to clear more than last year’s massive haul of 30 tonnes of litter.

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Notes to editors
At least 10 per cent of the plastic used to make each Frisbee was collected as part of last year’s Big Beach Clean-up.

Plan A is Marks & Spencer’s eco and ethical programme that aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015. Launched in 2007 and extended in March 2010, it takes a holistic approach to sustainability focusing on involving customers, involving all areas of the business and tackling issues such as climate change, waste, raw materials, health and being a fair partner.

For further information, images and samples:
Daniel Himsworth
Marks & Spencer Press Office 0208 718 1618


M&S launches a toy made from litter collected at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event

M&S launches a toy made from litter collected at last year’s Big Beach Clean-Up volunteer event