Sales are down so buy some more drug stores?  It certainly imageseems like this is what we are seeing out there.  If we go back to the split with Express Scripts and the loss of revenue in prescriptions there, well that might shed some light on the size of the loss of revenue and maybe it’s bigger than anyone thought. 

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Just a few weeks ago they bought into Boots in the UK with an option to completely own the chain in a few years too. 


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Along with the purchases comes another source of profit and that is more data potentially for sale which is becoming almost like oil these days and companies are making billions.  On their 2010 SECimage statement, Walgreens made just short of $800 million, selling data alone, so when you add up all these acquisitions, just think of how much data for sale they might be getting access too and what additional dollars that could mean.  I keep saying we need to tax banks, companies, etc. that make billions of dollars from selling data as it has behind the scenes crept in to where it “is” part of doing business today. 

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They are spending $438 million on this purchase.  The store has also been busy getting liquor licenses in the last year in stores where they have not sold it before to add to the number of products they carry. 

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In addition to all of the above, they are also expanding their efforts into social networking to send ads to your cell phone to for promotional sales and there were several news items in the last year speculating on whether or not the drug stores will start selling insurance too.  Back a couple years ago they announced that they were working with Orbitz travel services too so that those booking travel through the company could also get coupons for discounts at the store, in other words promoting “travel healthy”. 

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In view of all of the above, one certainly can gather the impression that profits may not specifically be found in selling prescriptions, but rather in all the other entities that are combined efforts with what we are seeing out there with acquisitions and promotions.  BD

Walgreen also said Thursday it will spend about $438 million to buy a 144-store chain focused on the mid-South from the privately held Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc., which is based in Little Rock, Ark.

Stores in the chain include USA Drug, Super D Drug and May's Drug. They are located in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri, among other states.


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