HOW PRETTY IS THE HBC PICTURE FOR DRUG CHAINS?

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fifty percent of consumers frequently shop drug chains for their over-the-counter medicines, while 41% regularly shop mass merchandisers for their personal care needs, according to a new survey by Gallup Organization, Princeton, N.J. While it's not surprising that supermarkets were ranked as the most favored source for food (94%), beverages (79%) and snacks (74%) by shoppers, the

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fifty percent of consumers frequently shop drug chains for their over-the-counter medicines, while 41% regularly shop mass merchandisers for their personal care needs, according to a new survey by Gallup Organization, Princeton, N.J. While it's not surprising that supermarkets were ranked as the most favored source for food (94%), beverages (79%) and snacks (74%) by shoppers, the question remains as to health and beauty care's importance within the food channel.

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