The secret formula to robust retail sales last year was pairing health and wellness with convenience. “That is a winning combination,” said Sheila McCusker, editor of “Times & Trends” for Information Resources Inc., Chicago. While supermarkets generally executed well against health and wellness and held their own against competitive formats, it was drug stores that scored the most sales gains, up 5.3%, although this was achieved from a much lower base of 5.4% channel market share. ...

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