While the foundation of any supermarket health and beauty care department is its top 10 health and beauty care categories, a fear of developing cracks in the cornerstone has become a key concern for food retailers. Those top 10 categories alone accounted for 48.3% of HBC dollar volume in food stores for the 12 months ended in March 1994, according to Towne-Oller & Associates, New York, a subsidiary of Information Resources Inc., Chicago. But important as they are, only one of those ...

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