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National Public Radio reports that now that Spartan Stores and Nash Finch have merged into one company worth more than $7 billion, it has been disclosed that The Right Place, an economic development group that works with the state of Michigan, has offered close to $2.75 million in grant money to keep the company headquarters in Michigan.

• The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a report yesterday saying that "positive retail sales numbers in the month of October point to a good holiday sales season ahead … October retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 2.5 percent seasonally adjusted over September, and 4.2 percent unadjusted from 2012."

• The Ansonia, Connecticut, public school system announced that it has adapted the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, working with grocery retailer Big Y Foods to provide labeling that allows students to make informed purchasing decisions.

According to the announcement, "Ansonia is one of several Connecticut school systems to adopt the NuVal System, the others being in Derby and Mansfield. NuVal Scores are also available at cafeterias in Missouri, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Funding to support the implementation of NuVal in the Ansonia School District was provided by a grant from the Connecticut State Department of Education."
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