General Merchandise/HBC

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medication Sales Flag in 2013

C-store sales of over-the-counter (OTC) medication flagged in 2013, with even the largest segment—analgesics—seeing declines. Dollar sales of analgesics fell by 1.4% and unit sales fell 5.5%, according to IRI. Cold, allergy and sinus tablets saw smaller declines than in 2012 but still gave up nearly 5% ofdollar sales and nearly 4% in units. Gastrointestinal-remedy dollars were down by 2% and units fell more than 4%.

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