CHICAGO -- A recent report from Information Resources Inc. here shows that overall retail sales of pet food has rebounded from a decline last year after 9/11, to strong 5.7% growth in the first 24 weeks of 2002. The pet category's first-half growth was the greatest among the eight nonfood "mega-consumption" groups that IRI tracks. It was led by an 8% increase in dog food sales and a 3% increase in cat food sales, all according to Sept. 8, 2002, data. Wal-Mart was responsible for most of ...

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