ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- According to the International Bottled Water Association here, 63% of Americans surveyed will consume bottled water this summer. Bottled water sales continue to surge, and retailers stand to gain sales during the parched summer months to come -- and beyond. According to statistics from Information Resources Inc., Chicago, the bottled water category surpassed $2 billion in sales for the 52-week period ended April 22, 2001, posting a 17.8% increase across channels. ...

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