Compared to the ups and downs in natural, organic and specialty food sales, the supermarket pharmacy seems like an oasis. According to the Food Marketing Institute, the number of prescriptions dispensed daily in 2007 reached 126; median weekly sales per store rose to $46,000; and prescription sales as a percentage of total-store revenue held steady at 9.4%. Industry experts, and retailers themselves, note that it's easier to attain these types of numbers if the pharmacy is a foundation of ...

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