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For supermarket retailers, it is a matter of a few bad apples spoiling a barrel of considerable size.That barrel amounts to $2.4 billion in cough/allergy/sinus sales [in food, drug, and mass excluding Wal-Mart], according to the most recent figures from Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. Of that total, supermarkets sold $914.8 million in cough and cold remedies for the year ended March 20.Those

For supermarket retailers, it is a matter of a few bad apples spoiling a barrel of considerable size.

That barrel amounts to $2.4 billion in cough/allergy/sinus sales [in food, drug, and mass excluding Wal-Mart], according to the most recent figures from Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. Of that total, supermarkets sold $914.8 million in cough and cold remedies for the year ended March 20.

Those sales are being threatened by legislative proposals at the state and nation

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