Total retail performance was -4.8 per cent down compared to last week and -5.0 per cent down compared to the same time last year. Overall growth sank lower into negative territory over the last 12 weeks and based on the trend last year looks to decline -1.9 per cent over the next nine weeks. The top performing category, Natural Medicine was 113.9 per cent greater than the next largest category, Baby, last week. The top brands are A2, Panadol and Ferro Gradumet. At the same time last year, A2 dominated all three of the top ten positions. Ferro Gradumet rose by 6 per cent and Nicorette Quick Mist also rose by 24%, while A2 Step 3 fell 17 per cent and Panadol Osteo fell 6 per cent. This report is based on sales in the last week from more than 2000 pharmacies. The “Top 10 Products Chart” only reports where the number of stores the item was sold exceeds 400.
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The Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA) has begun operations administering, processing and paying claims associated with …