Although the economic news is terrible, supermarkets still find opportunities in nonfood categories. In general merchandise and health and beauty care, private-label products are seeing the same kind of sales spurt as in the grocery aisles as customers seek to save money. That these products usually have a bigger margin than their branded counterparts is helpful to the retailers. Some may even ponder the value of rolling out a store-brand line like Tesco's Discount Brands to shoppers ...

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