Church & Dwight: Pregnancy Test Sales Show Consumer Confidence Strong Despite Pandemic
First Response pregnancy test sales didn’t decline during the pandemic as the underlying strength of the economy doesn’t slow consumer interest in expanding their families, says Church & Dwight CEO Matthew Farrell.
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