4 Consumer Stock Stories for Weekend Investment Shopping

Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST): Current price $15.48

The languages company said Thursday that it will shut all 56 of its remaining kiosk locations in the United States as it steps up a transition to cloud-based learning solutions. To that effect, Rosetta Stone will lower its headcount by around 45 full-time and 200 part-time employees. During the last 18 months, the firm has been intensifying its concentration on online sales and digital downloads, and the discontinuation of its kiosks located mostly in malls and airports advances its cloud-based business strategy.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM): Current price $27.45

GM, along with its intentions to invest $1.5 billion in North America in 2013, said that it will spend $332 million at four factories in preporation for new, more fuel efficient engines and transmissions, according to Bloomberg. In a Thursday statement, GM said that its present investments form a part of its endeavors to build a new V-6 and small engine called the Ecotec, which will feature three-and four-cylinder variants, and could reach an output of 2 million yearly by the decade’s end. The spending is also connected with preparing for production of an eight-speed transmission to be used in GM vehicles by the end of 2016.

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Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG): Current price $47.02

The company’s March sales stood at $6.16 billion, representing an increase of 2.3 percent year-over-year from $6.02 billion from fiscal 2012. Its total front-end sales increased by 5.4 percent versus the same month in fiscal 2012, while comparable store front-end sales rose 4.2 percent. Customer traffic in comparable stores fell by 1.3 percent while basket size grew by 5.5 percent. Beyond that, prescriptions filled at comparable stores jumped by 4.0 percent in March and by 7.4 percent on a calendar day-shift adjusted basis.

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F): Current price $12.36

The iconic automaker reported a healthy March sales gain of 6 percent, as buyers took to its redesigned Fusion sedan, Escape SUV, and its truck models. Both Fusion and Escape saw their best month of sales and best quarter ever, according to Ford. Explorer SUV was up by 33 percent year-over-year from 2012, posting its best month since its redesign in 2010. F-series truck soared, up by 16 percent, tallying the best first quarter since 2007, when the auto slump started.

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