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Supermarkets Should Put Consumer Welfare Before Profits, Suggests Academic Study

Executive Summary

A recent academic research article examining consumer healthcare shopping habits argues that, as more non-prescription medicines become available outside pharmacy, mass market retailers such as supermarkets could do more to build consumer trust.

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