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NACDS’ Industry Profile finds that front-end sales contribute significantly to overall sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. With the release of its 2007 Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced that front-end merchandise is contributing significantly to the overall sales of the industry.

While prescription drugs continue to be the largest category of community pharmacy industry sales, front-end merchandise contributed a substantial portion of total sales. Traditional chain drug store sales totaled $145 billion in 2006, with front-end sales totaling nearly $42 billion, or 29 percent.

OTC medications comprised 6.1 percent of front-end merchandise sales in traditional chain drug stores, as many products that were once prescription-only are now available over the counter, marking a shift from third-party payers to consumers and returning the pricing power to the retailer. This was followed by groceries/consumables at 5.2 percent, general merchandise at 4.9 percent, toiletries at 4.2 percent, non-edible consumables at 3.3 percent, packaged alcohol at 1.5 percent and vitamins/minerals at 1.2 percent.

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Pur-lisse skin care line introduced nationwide

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK A new skin care line called pur-lisse has hit the market, aiming to give women the skin solutions they need using centuries-old Chinese beauty secrets and modern day science.

The brand officially launched on Friday at the C.O. Bigelow Apothecary in Manhattan, and creator Jennifer Yen said she is looking to expand distribution within apothecary-style retailers nationwide.

Yen set out to create her own line of skin care products after her quest for the ideal products came up short. Working as an actress, her skin had begun breaking out as she spent hours under the bright lights in heavy makeup. She found that the formulas on the market made her skin worse as they contained dyes, fragrances and other harsh ingredients.

After about three years in development, Yen has now officially launched her pur-lisse line, which is a translation from the French words for “pure” and “smooth.”

The collection includes Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser & Makeup Remover, Hydra-Balance Moisturizer, Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, Age-Delaying Skin Serum, Quadra-Benefit Eye Serum, Ultra Skin Brightening Serum and Daily Lip Nourisher. Prices range from $22 to $135.

The products contain five key ingredients: lupine peptides, blue lotus flower, white tea, soy proteins and sea silk.

To accompany the skin care products, there’s also the blue lotus organic white tea, which is blended with organic blueberries and pomegranate. Yen recommends that beauty shoppers drink two to three cups a day. The retail price is $15.

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Acca Kappa unveils triple cold-milled soaps

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Acca Kappa, the Italian bath and body line, has introduced its collection of triple cold-milled soaps.

The all-natural soaps are formulated with vegetable-based ingredients. They join the company’s portfolio of soaps and shampoos, brushes and combs, bath foams, spa oils and bath accessories.

The new soaps are available in nine different scents: sandalwood, olive oil, avocado, rose, lavender, white moss, fig, magnolia and pear. They retail for $9 each.

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