DEERFIELD, Ill., 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Walgreens Flu Index™ is a weekly report developed to provide state- and market-specific information regarding flu activity, and ranking of those experiencing the highest incidences of influenza across the country. With the ability to generate hyper-local data that’s as specific as a single zip code, the Index aims to drive consumer awareness and prevention within communities, while also serving as a valuable resource for health departments, media and others at the local level.

Top Ten DMAs with Flu Activity
Week beginning 2/2/2015

1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, NM)
3. Tulsa, Okla.
4. San Antonio, Texas
5. Little Rock – Pine Bluff, Ark.
6. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
7. Austin, Texas
8. Jackson, Miss.
9. Harlingen–Weslaco–Brownsville–McAllen, Texas
10. Knoxville, Tenn.

Top Ten States with Flu Activity
Week beginning 2/2015

1. Oklahoma
2. Arkansas
3. Texas
4. Nebraska
5. Mississippi
6. Kansas
7. Louisiana
8. New Jersey
9. Tennessee
10. New Mexico

Top Ten DMAs Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 1/26/2015 to 2/2/2015

1. Ft. Smith–Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, Ark,
2. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, NM)
3. Jackson, Miss.
4. Oklahoma City, Okla.
5. Huntsville–Decatur (Florence), Ala.
6. Tulsa, Okla.
7. Little Rock–Pine Bluff, Ark.
8. Providence, R.I. – New Bedford, Mass.
9. Wichita-Hutchinson, Kan.
10. Boston, Mass. (Manchester, NH)

Top Ten State Flu Activity Gains
From week beginning 1/26/2015 to 2/2/2015

1. Oklahoma
2. Arkansas
3. New Hampshire
4. Rhode Island
5. Kansas
6. Louisiana
7. New Jersey
8. Connecticut
9. Massachusetts
10. Delaware


The Walgreens Flu Index™ is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations nationwide. The data is analyzed at state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis, and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 20 retail locations.

The Flu Index™ is not intended to illustrate levels or severity of flu activity, but rather, illustrate which populations are experiencing the highest incidence of flu.

© Copyright Walgreen Co. 2015. All rights reserved

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.


Jim Cohn
(847) 315-2950
Kelli Hartsock
(312) 981-8553

JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. shareholding in Delhaize Group crossed the threshold of 3%

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pursuant to the Belgian Law of May 2, 2007 relating to the publication of major shareholdings in listed companies, JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. notified Delhaize Group that the total shareholding of certain of its subsidiaries crossed the threshold of 3% of the shares issued by Delhaize Group SA.

On January 30, 2015, JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. notified Delhaize Group that as of January 28, 2015 JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. owned 3 103 374 Delhaize Group shares through its various subsidiaries as indicated in the table below, which represented 3.02% of Delhaize Group’s voting rights.

Holders of voting rights Current number of voting rights Current percentage of voting rights
JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. 0 0.00%
J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. 638 444 0.62%
JPMorgan Asset Management (Taiwan) Limited 27 401 0.03%
JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited 2 391 358 2.33%
JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association 46 171 0.04%
TOTAL 3 103 374 3.02%

The entities listed in the table above are controlled via intermediate holding companies ultimately by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and are discretionary investment managers that hold and exercise the voting rights in the absence of specific instructions.

Notification as well as further information related to the relationship between JPMorgan Asset Management Holding Inc. and the entities having the holdings are available on our internet website under the section Corporate Governance.

» Delhaize Group

Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in seven countries on three continents. At the end of 2014, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3 468 stores. In 2014, Delhaize Group posted €21.4 billion ($28.4 billion) in revenues. In 2013, Delhaize Group posted €179 million ($237 million) in net profit (Group share). At June 30, 2014, Delhaize Group employed approximately 152 500 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).

This press release is available in English, French and Dutch. You can also find it on the website http://www.delhaizegroup.com. Questions can be sent to investor@delhaizegroup.com.

» Contacts

Investor Relations: + 32 2 412 2151
Media Relations: + 32 2 412 8669


BRC-NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX JANUARY 2015: Overall shop prices reported deflation for the 21st consecutive month

LONDON, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overall shop prices reported deflation for the 21st consecutive month, decelerating to 1.3% in January, after reporting deflation of 1.7% in December.

Food reported annual deflation of 0.5% in January after reporting inflation of 0.1% in December.

On a 12 month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.6%.

Non-food deflation slowed to 1.8% in January from 2.8% in December.

BRC Director General, Helen Dickinson, said: “For twenty-one consecutive months prices in Britain’s shops have fallen, this month by -1.3 per cent. It’s the second time in three months that we’ve seen food prices fall, accelerating to their lowest levels on record”.

“Clearly customers were taking advantage of the January sales with good bargains for furniture, flooring and electricals resulting in plenty of stock shifting.

“There is some evidence that the heavy discounting in early December resulted in some retailers pulling their new season stock forward, which meant a significant amount of goods were sold at full price in January.

“The halving of the oil price since the summer has helped the retail supply chains with the impact of these falls, continuing to make their way through to shop prices.

“With the outlook for inflation low, the jobs market robust and rising real incomes gathering pace, the outlook for consumer spending looks positive. Deflation doesn’t always translate into bad news for retailers. The Producers Price Index (which tracks the cost of raw materials to producers) remains deflationary, so retail businesses will continue to see decreases in their own input costs for the foreseeable future. To remain competitive, retailers will continue passing these savings on to the consumer.

“2015 is shaping up to be win-win year for shoppers and retailers alike.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, said: “Over the last six months we have seen food inflation falling and as we start 2015, we now have food deflation. Whilst falling prices are of course welcomed by shoppers, the impact is that there is only marginal value sales growth across the industry. With further price cutting expected by the major Supermarkets the near term outlook is for the continuation of a low growth trading environment. Deflation also continues in clothing and electrical with non-food retailers still able to pass on the benefit of falling supply chain costs to the consumer.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP.
020 7854 8900. info@brc.org.uk.

Co-op donation supports the people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex

Alberta, Canada, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op is donating $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of 30 people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex in early January.

Sherwood Co-op is donating $5,000 to the Red Cross, which is helping provide food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the fire.

“Sherwood Co-op is pleased to assist the families that recently lost their homes and belongings in the South Regina apartment fire,” said Troy Verboom, Sherwood Co-op General Manager.

The local donation is being matched by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), as part of a $1 million commitment to the Red Cross over five years for local emergency response efforts in Western Canada.

The Red Cross will receive $100,000 per year to pre-position goods across the West in order to respond quickly to local crises. Another $100,000 per year will be available to match emergency donations to the Red Cross by local co-ops.

This funding has previously aided in flood relief efforts in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba in 2014 and southern Alberta in 2013.


Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op's $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.

Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op’s $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.

CarMax, Inc. published a survey on midlife crisis car trends

Sedans and SUVs challenge sports cars for midlife purchase of choice, new CarMax survey reveals

RICHMOND, Virginia, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — For many, the words “midlife crisis car” immediately bring to mind “flashy, red and sporty.” CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX) today published a survey on midlife crisis car trends, and the results may be surprising: sedans and SUVs are gaining in popularity. While one in five potential buyers (20 percent) would still go for a sports car first, 17 percent would purchase an SUV and 15 percent would pick a sedan. When asked about a specific make and model, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette were the favorites.

Perceptions of “Middle Age” Get a Makeover
This survey comes at a time when the concept of “midlife” and middle age are evolving in America. Increasingly, this life stage represents an exciting new chapter of possibility and freedom. According to the recent CarMax survey, one in four American adults (25 percent) consider it likely they would buy a car associated with a midlife crisis.

“It’s wonderful that people envision marking this new stage of their lives by buying the type of vehicle they’ve always wanted,” said Cliff Wood, CarMax executive vice president of stores. “No matter your dream car, CarMax is the perfect place to start your car buying experience. We offer a wide range of makes and models to match the next adventure anyone has in mind.”

Red Isn’t the Only Show-Stopper
No matter what 80s movies told us, today’s midlife crisis car doesn’t have to be red. The most popular color for respondents’ hypothetical midlife crisis car was black (20 percent), with silver/gray (19 percent), blue (17 percent) and, yes, red (17 percent) close behind. Yellow came in at the very bottom of the list with just 2 percent.

Sports Car for Him, SUV for Her
Thirty percent of men said that they would be very or somewhat likely to buy a car associated with a midlife crisis, while 21 percent of women said the same. But the type of car each gender would buy could not be more different. For men, sports cars still reign supreme, and black is the color of choice, both coming in at 24 percent. Women went with SUVs (19 percent), and red won out as the preferred color (21 percent).

The South Most Likely To Buy Midlife Car
According to the survey, residents of the South are most likely to purchase a midlife crisis car, with more than 30 percent of respondents indicating that they were very or somewhat likely to buy one. Midwesterners were the least likely to spring for a midlife crisis car overall, with almost 80 percent of respondents saying that they were not very likely or not at all likely to buy one. Of the 18 percent of Midwesterners who would purchase a midlife crisis car, the most popular make was an SUV – the only region where the sports car did not come out on top.

The Ipsos survey was conducted on behalf of CarMax from October 20 to October 21, 2014. For the survey, a national sample of 1,005 adults from Ipsos’ U.S. online panel was interviewed online. For the corresponding infographic, please click here. For the full survey results, email pr@carmax.com.

About CarMax
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 143 superstores in 72 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2014, the company retailed 526,929 used cars and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Media Contacts
Casey Werderman
CarMax Public Relations
(804) 747-0422, ext. 4773

Laura Petrosky
(804) 675-8141

19 companies donate money to Whole Planet Foundation for microloans in 61 countries

Foundation’s $100,000 Fund and Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partners donate to fund microloans in 61 countries

AUSTIN, Texas, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — With generous donations to Whole Planet Foundation, 19 companies are joining forces in 2015 to help more than 29,000 people worldwide lift themselves out of poverty through microcredit.

As members of Whole Planet Foundation’s $100,000 Fund and Supplier Alliance for Microcredit, each company has pledged $100,000 or $50,000, respectively, to support the foundation’s poverty alleviation programs across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and in the U.S.

“More than 40 percent of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50 a day, so every penny makes a real impact,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director of Whole Planet Foundation. “For a woman living in poverty, a $200 microloan is her ticket to a fresh start–a viable opportunity to gain financial independence and provide for her family. We are so thankful to our partners for recognizing the incredible power of microcredit and supporting our cause.”

Whole Planet Foundation was established by Whole Foods Market as a way to give back to the global communities where the natural and organic grocer sources products. The foundation provides grants to microfinance partners worldwide, and the partners then disburse those funds in the form of small loans to individuals with the greatest need in the local community. With no collateral, credit history or contracts required, and an average repayment rate of 97 percent, the model is accessible and highly successful.

To date, Whole Planet Foundation has authorized $60 million in loans and has funded more than $¬¬38 million in microfinance programs in 61 countries, positively impacting more than 4 million people worldwide.

Whole Planet Foundation’s 2015 partners:
$100,000 Fund:
• Frontier Co-op
• Living on One
• Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, (the first company to become a $100,000 Fund partner in 2014)
• Whole Foods Market

Supplier Alliance for Microcredit ($50,000):
• Alaffia
• Allegro Coffee Company
• Amazing Grass
• BlueAvocado
• Garden of Life
• Hain Celestial
• Naked Coconut Water
• OneSource Magazine Distribution, LLC
• Rescue Remedy
• Rishi Tea
• Sambazon
• Seventh Generation
• thinkThin
• Traditional Medicinals

For more information about Whole Planet Foundation and its $100,000 Fund and Supplier Alliance for Microcredit partners, visit wholeplanetfoundation.org.


19 companies donate money to Whole Planet Foundation for microloans in 61 countries

19 companies donate money to Whole Planet Foundation for microloans in 61 countries

Saudi Automotive Services Co appointed Mr. Ali Mohammed Ali Aba Al-Khail as a board member

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Saudi Automotive Services Co. (SASCO) announces for the Board’s decision on February 3, 2015 approving the appointment of Mr. Ali Mohammed Ali Aba Al-Khail as a board member in the vacant seat (Independent Member) with effect from the date of the decision until the end the current session of the board on June 29, 2015.

The board approval is not considered as final approval, where it will be on display this appointment on next General Assembly Meeting for final approval.

Mentioning that Mr. Ali Mohammed Ali Aba Al-Khail holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Administrative Sciences, King Saud University, and a master’s degree in government from Harvard University in the United States, has served in several leadership positions in the government sector and then in the private sector later.