Of the 15 traditional nonfood categories tracked by Information Resources Inc., Chicago, supermarkets generated just over $9.3 billion in sales. However, supermarkets were able to show dollar gains in just five categories: soap, up 3.7%, vitamins 7%, weight control 4.4%, batteries 2.4% and adult incontinence 3.9%. Meanwhile, the drug store channel, which generated over $10.2 billion in sales, reported dollar declines in just three product categories: toothpaste, cleaning tools and light ...

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