Walgreen roundup: ACA benefits extended, tobacco and store traffic in focus

|By:, SA News Editor

Walgreen (WAG -0.4%) extends a program to provide benefits to new insurance enrollees under the Affordable Care Act out to April 15.

The company has received a letter signed by eight Democratic senators urging it to follow CVS Caremark's lead and stop selling tobacco products.

Channel checks indicate the Walgreen chain is seeing an increase in the average basket size of customers. The trend could dull the impact that cold weather patterns has had on traffic in Q1.