While the news is getting worse and worse for consumers, retailers can tap nonfood categories for goodwill and good sales.
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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