Alliance Data Signs Long-Term Renewal With The Jean Coutu Group

Alliance Data's Canadian Loyalty Program Extends Relationship with Quebec's

Pharmacy Leader

Aug 03, 2006, 01:00 ET from Alliance Data

    DALLAS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alliance Data Systems
 Corporation (NYSE:   ADS), a leading provider of transaction services,
 marketing services and credit services, announced that The Jean Coutu Group
 (PJC) Inc., signed a renewal agreement as a sponsor in Alliance Data's
 Canadian AIR MILES(R) Reward Program. A top-10 AIR MILES sponsor, The Jean
 Coutu Group operates 320 PJC Jean Coutu franchised drugstores in the
 provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. As the fourth largest
 drugstore chain in North America and Quebec's pharmacy leader, The Jean
 Coutu Group reported pro forma total system sales of $11.7 billion (US) in
 2005. The Jean Coutu Group has been a sponsor in the AIR MILES Reward
 Program since 2003.
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     The AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada's premier coalition loyalty
 program with approximately two-thirds of Canadian households actively
 collecting reward miles. AIR MILES collectors earn reward miles at more
 than 100 leading brand-name sponsors representing thousands of retail and
 service locations across Canada. AIR MILES reward miles can be redeemed for
 more than 800 different rewards, such as travel, movie passes,
 entertainment attractions, electronic merchandise and more.
     John Scullion, president of Alliance Data's Loyalty and Marketing
 Services, said, "The extension of our relationship with The Jean Coutu
 Group reinforces our ongoing focus to achieve our multi-pronged growth
 objectives. These growth objectives include strengthening and renewing
 existing sponsor relationships, expanding into new sponsor categories, as
 well as realizing incremental growth in consumer participation in the
 program. With this renewal, we have solidified our long-term presence in
 the critical, high- frequency pharmacy category in Quebec."
     "The AIR MILES Reward Program has been a success story in our
 drugstores across Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario since day one," stated
 Francois J. Coutu, president of the Canadian Operations of The Jean Coutu
 Group. "We are happy to renew our agreement with Alliance Data since this
 program is definitely in keeping with our vision and further demonstrates
 our focus on providing value-added benefits to better serve our customers."
     About Alliance Data
     Alliance Data (NYSE:   ADS) is a leading provider of transaction
 services, credit services and marketing services, managing over 105 million
 consumer relationships for some of North America's most recognizable
 companies. Alliance Data creates and manages customized solutions that
 change consumer behavior and that enable its clients to build stronger,
 mutually beneficial relationships with their customers. Headquartered in
 Dallas, Alliance Data employs approximately 8,000 associates at more than
 40 locations worldwide. For more information about the company, visit its
 web site,
     About The Jean Coutu Group
     The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. is the fourth largest drugstore chain
 in North America and the second largest in both the eastern United States
 and Canada. The Company and its combined network of 2,173 corporate and
 franchised drugstores (under the banners of Brooks and Eckerd Pharmacy, PJC
 Jean Coutu, PJC Clinique and PJC Sante Beaute) employ more than 60,000
     The Jean Coutu Group's United States operations employ 46,000 people
 and comprise 1,853 corporate owned stores located in 18 states of the
 Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. The Jean Coutu
 Group's Canadian operations and franchised drugstores in its network employ
 over 14,000 people and comprise 320 PJC Jean Coutu franchised stores in
 Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.
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