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• The Wall Street Journal reports that Carrefour is predicting a 23 percent decrease in first half profit, owing partially to the fact that “efforts to revive Carrefour's slumping hypermarket chain ... didn't seem to register with consumers.” In addition, the company is perceived by many shoppers as having high prices, which does not serve it well in an economic slump.

The good news is that some of Carrefour’s global divisions are doing well, especially Brazil ... though sales in China are relatively flat. Carrefour is embarking on a company-wide cost-cutting program as a way of repairing some of the damage.

• A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, says that it appears that “men and women who consumed a diet with high-scoring foods on the NuVal system lived longer and lowered their risk for chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”

The NuVal system uses a proprietary rating system of 1-100 to score foods and beverages according to their nutritional value.

• The Newark Star Ledger reports that BJ’s Whole Club is getting local in its approach to fresh summer produce, and that the company’s 20 New Jersey stores “will sell tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, sweet corn and cucumbers grown by South Jersey farms: Porch Farms in Pedricktown, Maugeri’s Farm in Woolwich Township, Cassaday Farms in Monroeville and Landisville Produce Co-op in Landisville.”

BJ’s has committed to only labeling products as “local” when it comes from the same state as the store where it is being sold.

• The Boston Globe reports that Walgreen Co. “has agreed to pay $2.8 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to 75 Massachusetts cities and towns to resolve allegations that it overcharged public entities for prescription drugs, the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said today.

“Coakley alleged that Walgreens billed and received payment from cities, towns, and state agencies for filling prescriptions for workers compensation claimants at prices higher than those permitted by Massachusetts laws.”

Walgreen, while writing a big check, said that it is not conceding any liability or wrongdoing.
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