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CHICAGO -- Stop the bleeding.That is the challenge the supermarket industry is facing when it comes to general merchandise and health and beauty care. Industry reports show sales in these areas are continuing to drift to other retail channels.The latest data from Information Resources Inc. here show the total GM and HBC categories covered by company have declined 2.8% in dollar sales and 3.8% in units

CHICAGO -- Stop the bleeding.

That is the challenge the supermarket industry is facing when it comes to general merchandise and health and beauty care. Industry reports show sales in these areas are continuing to drift to other retail channels.

The latest data from Information Resources Inc. here show the total GM and HBC categories covered by company have declined 2.8% in dollar sales and 3.8% in units for supermarkets for the 52 weeks ending April 17.

HBC fared

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