INDUSTRY POISED FOR P&G PLUS GILLETTE

CINCINNATI -- Retailers are regarding Procter & Gamble Co.'s acquisition of the Gillette Co., Boston, with both optimism and some trepidation.Supermarket retailers and consultants said they are looking forward to strong marketing and supply chain support while shaking off the common nervousness that surrounds initial product availability during any supplier merger."The only concern with change for

CINCINNATI -- Retailers are regarding Procter & Gamble Co.'s acquisition of the Gillette Co., Boston, with both optimism and some trepidation.

Supermarket retailers and consultants said they are looking forward to strong marketing and supply chain support while shaking off the common nervousness that surrounds initial product availability during any supplier merger.

"The only concern with change for any retailer is the opportunity for gaps in product availability," a nonfo

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