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• Walgreen reports that its third quarter earnings were up two percent to $572 million. Q3 sales were up 9.6 percent to $15.01 billion, on same-store sales that were up 3.4 percent.

• Associated Grocers of New England reports that its fiscal 2007 sales were up 12.5 percent to $315 million, based on both increased sales and new retail customers.

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