The most striking change in sales of mops and brooms took place in the drug sector, where dollar sales over the past 12 months ending in mid-June plunged 17% to $93.2 million and unit sales fell 11.3%. This contributed to most of the overall decline in the market in the past year as consumers continue to hold onto their old cleaning tools or buy cheaper products during hard economic times. Supermarkets account for a much larger percentage of mop and broom sales at $469.6 million — a figure ...

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