JUMP-STARTING HBC

Health and beauty care categories, while faring better than general merchandise in competition with other channels, are still in need of extra attention, industry sources said. With no major headline-grabbing product innovation on the horizon, industry observers reported an outlook for 2005 that spells business as usual if retailers don't jump-start the year."Basically, 2005 is pretty much status

Health and beauty care categories, while faring better than general merchandise in competition with other channels, are still in need of extra attention, industry sources said. With no major headline-grabbing product innovation on the horizon, industry observers reported an outlook for 2005 that spells business as usual if retailers don't jump-start the year.

"Basically, 2005 is pretty much status quo," said Larry Schimpf, director, HBC/nonfoods, Clemens Markets, Kulpsville, Pa.

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