Health and beauty care categories, while faring better than general merchandise in competition with other channels, are still in need of extra attention, industry sources said. With no major headline-grabbing product innovation on the horizon, industry observers reported an outlook for 2005 that spells business as usual if retailers don't jump-start the year. "Basically, 2005 is pretty much status quo," said Larry Schimpf, director, HBC/nonfoods, Clemens Markets, Kulpsville, Pa. To ...

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