DRUG CHAINS, SUPERMARKETS GET MERGER PRESCRIPTION

SEATTLE -- Current conditions in the retailing and health care industries are ripe for drug chain-supermarket mergers, according to a noted securities analyst.Jonathan Ziegler, director of equity research at Salomon Smith Barney, New York, said such mergers are a natural given the increased market-share density, operational benefits and added convenience for consumers they would bring."Retail is all

SEATTLE -- Current conditions in the retailing and health care industries are ripe for drug chain-supermarket mergers, according to a noted securities analyst.

Jonathan Ziegler, director of equity research at Salomon Smith Barney, New York, said such mergers are a natural given the increased market-share density, operational benefits and added convenience for consumers they would bring.

"Retail is all about convenience today, and these two industries go so well together," he

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