Strictly by the numbers, nonfood sales are limping into 2006. While not true for every retailer and every category, statistics reported by the major data companies Information Resources Inc., Chicago, and ACNielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., have shown a gradual erosion of sales over the last few years, mostly attributed to the aggressive growth of other retail channels. Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., has been relentless in its expansion with supercenters, while drug stores continue their ...

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