WAL-MART TO COMBINE SKIN CARE, COSMETICS

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here plans to combine its cosmetics, fragrances and skin care departments into a "beauty boutique" concept at 500 of its stores.The mass merchandiser began testing the mix Aug. 15 at its North Richland Hills, Texas, store, and has been generally pleased with the results, according to trade observers. Working under a plan called "Project Horizon," Wal-Mart teamed

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here plans to combine its cosmetics, fragrances and skin care departments into a "beauty boutique" concept at 500 of its stores.

The mass merchandiser began testing the mix Aug. 15 at its North Richland Hills, Texas, store, and has been generally pleased with the results, according to trade observers. Working under a plan called "Project Horizon," Wal-Mart teamed with Chesebrough-Pond's, Greenwich, Conn., to create the new type of department.

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