Natural products retailers continued to battle a slumping economy in 2009, posting lower profit margins while continuing to eke out sales increases. But retailers expect a rosier — though only slightly — 2010. Independent products retailers surveyed in Natural Foods Merchandiser's annual Market Overview reported that, on average: • Net profit margins fell to 5% in 2009, from 8% in 2008. • Revenues remained in the $1.2 million to $1.5 million range. • Net sales grew 8.9% in 2009, but ...

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