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• Kroger Co. announced that its Dayton, Ohio-area employees have ratified a new agreement that covers 4,000 workers in 30 stores.

“This agreement provides good, stable jobs for our associates, increases take-home pay, and provides high-quality, affordable health care. At the same time, it enables our company to remain competitive in a difficult economy with intense competition," said Geoff Covert, President of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton Division.

• TNS Worldpanel reports that in the most recent quarter, Tesco saw its UK market share fall from 30.9 percent to 30.8 percent, as Walmart-owned Asda Group saw its share increase to 17 percent from 16.7 percent.

HealthDay News reports that the Mediterranean Diet - which consists primarily of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and legumes – can help reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease - more evidence, the study says, that “healthy living can help ward off cognitive decline.”
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