CVS PRESCRIBES STRESS ON FRONT-END GROWTH

NEW YORK -- Thomas Ryan, chief executive officer of CVS Corp., says the prescription drug business is the best he has seen in 20 years.But if Ryan's recent address to a group of financial analysts is any indication, the pharmacy's front end is where the real action is.Speaking at the annual Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Food & Drug Retailing Conference here last month, Ryan outlined a growth plan for

NEW YORK -- Thomas Ryan, chief executive officer of CVS Corp., says the prescription drug business is the best he has seen in 20 years.

But if Ryan's recent address to a group of financial analysts is any indication, the pharmacy's front end is where the real action is.

Speaking at the annual Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Food & Drug Retailing Conference here last month, Ryan outlined a growth plan for CVS that strongly emphasizes profitable nonpharmacy categories like

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