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Durbin, unions applaud Walgreen
Co. decision, investors don’t

Chicago Sun-Times, by Lynn Sweet

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Posted By:AltaD, 8/7/2014 7:50:23 AM

Deerfield-based Walgreens set the stage to acquire its remaining 55 percent stake of Alliance Boots on Wednesday while rejecting an option to reincorporate overseas to save on corporate taxes, a move applauded by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and labor unions and punished — at least for a day — by investors. Walgreens explored the tax implications of what is called a corporate inversion, but its board decided not to pursue the tax reduction strategy that has become controversial and was assailed by President Barack Obama as a tax dodge.(Snip) In rejecting inversion, Wasson said politics, public opinion and potential intense

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 8/7/2014 7:53:11 AM     (No. 9956495)

If Durbin´s in favor of it, it must be wrongheaded or corrupt. Possibly both.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 8/7/2014 8:07:42 AM     (No. 9956519)

my guess is the Thug from Chicago and his Russian hackers found something on them that would show up in the NYT if they pursued an inversion..
they lost ME as a client..
they will have to raise their prices because of this..
i will take my $50 per year buys of Lindt chocolate elsewhere..

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Reply 3 - Posted by: civilservant, 8/7/2014 8:07:58 AM     (No. 9956520)

Ah, yes once again the fascist Uhhhhhbama administration uses force on a private business.
Enjoy the higher prices, #2. I am off to Rite Aid or CVS.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: bridgepard, 8/7/2014 8:14:35 AM     (No. 9956533)

Who cares about shareholders when you can wave the flag?

"Shop at Walgreens where paying higher prices is the patriotic thing to do."

Isn´t Patriotism the last refuge of ... ah never mind.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 8/7/2014 8:38:07 AM     (No. 9956571)

USA Today,June 11, 2014: "Walgreens, the nation´s largest drugstore chain, will pay $80 million in fines to end a DEA probe into allegations it allowed millions of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone, to reach the black market."

Drugs.com: "DEERFIELD, Ill., September 18, 2013 - Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (Nasdaq:WAG) announced today that it will provide more than 160,000 eligible employees with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in 2014 through its proprietary “Live Well Benefits Store,” a marketplace that is an outsourced solution through Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange."

Walgreens.com : "10 September 2013
Walgreens to Acquire Kerr Drug’s Retail Drugstores and Specialty Pharmacy Business"

Walgreens is clearly in obama´s pocket via fascist Crony Capitalism.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/7/2014 8:52:23 AM     (No. 9956581)

Taxes are a cost of doing business (expense) the higher expenses the pressure for higher prices. SEE YA WALGREENS

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Axeman, 8/7/2014 8:55:45 AM     (No. 9956588)

Inversion only keeps foreign money foreign. The IRS wants to tax the foreign money of US companies but it can´t tax foreign money of foreign companies. That´s all inversions are for. US profits are not shielded at all. It seems the strategy wasn´t beneficial to Wallgreens for a number of reasons, mostly financial but also a hint of gov´t blackmail, so they are delaying the plan. Probably in the future, if things look like it makes the balance change, they will have the plan ready to execute at a moments notice.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: AltaD, 8/7/2014 8:59:43 AM     (No. 9956589)

I used to shop at our local Walgreens at least once a week but this past year I´ve really cut back due to their prices, prices that will continue to go up so they can recoup tax and stock losses. And I´ll be shifting most of my buying to Osco, Walmart and Amazon.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: trapper, 8/7/2014 9:33:40 AM     (No. 9956617)

I don´t understand conservatives on a conservative comment site encouraging American citizens or American companies to renounce their American citizenship. I don´t care what the reason is. We ridicule Obama´s seeming "citizen of the world" attitude, yet some of us appear to deny that simply being American might or should be a matter of pride and loyalty. I also notice they bagged their CFO. I wonder if he was a prime advocate for abandoning the United States.

If Walgreens is willing to stay and fight, I´m willing to go out of my way to shop there. And yes, I know Walgreen´s situation is more complicated than that, but my decision isn´t.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rushie, 8/7/2014 9:50:47 AM     (No. 9956638)

They don´t seem to be fighting extortion.

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