Charcoal

Supermarkets, where most shoppers get their charcoal, saw an uptick in charcoal sales in 2009, for both branded and private-label offerings, as grilling at home replaced eating out for many during the recession. Over the 12 months ending in mid-June, however, charcoal sales in food stores flattened out to around $407 million. Meanwhile, drug stores' share of charcoal sales, already relatively meager,

Supermarkets, where most shoppers get their charcoal, saw an uptick in charcoal sales in 2009, for both branded and private-label offerings, as grilling at home replaced eating out for many during the recession. Over the 12 months ending in mid-June, however, charcoal sales in food stores flattened out to around $407 million. Meanwhile, drug stores' share of charcoal sales, already relatively meager, has continued to slip.

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