HBC Growing; Drug Stores Capturing Largest Share: IRI

NEW YORK -- Although health and beauty care categories have grown by more than $800 million in 2006, vs. $671 million in 2005, the growth of consumer packaged goods in drug stores was at a 4% rate increase, while supermarkets saw a 1.1% rate increase, according to figures from Information Resources Inc., Chicago, revealed at a presentation here this week.

NEW YORK -- Although health and beauty care categories have grown by more than $800 million in 2006, vs. $671 million in 2005, the growth of consumer packaged goods in drug stores was at a 4% rate increase, while supermarkets saw a 1.1% rate increase, according to figures from Information Resources Inc., Chicago, revealed at a presentation here this week. Skin care led the way with growth of $336.8 million in the food, drug and mass channels, including Wal-Mart Stores, for

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