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September 9, 2007 Retail Sales Summary (Information Resources, Inc.)

September 9, 2007

Information Resources, Inc. – Retail Sales Report as of September 9, 2007

Food Drug and Mass Outlets Information
The confectionery category continued its strong summer sales performance reporting a 2.3% sales gain in the four week period ending September 9, 2007 according to Information Resources, Inc. This follows a 3.8% increase reported on July 15 and a 5.4% increase reported on August 12. This is one of the stronger summer periods in recent years.

For the fifty-two week period, IRI reports dollar sales of confectionery products have increased 3.1% over 2006: Mass Merchants have grown +5.0%; Drug Store sales +4.8%; and Supermarkets +1.6%. Growth rates for all trade classes are much stronger than the same period a year ago.

Gum sales remain strong showing a 6.3% increase led by sugar-free gum, up 11.9%. Chocolate candy sales are running 3.7% ahead of last year and non-chocolate candy sales have increased 0.5%. While there are no significant seasonal sales during the summer months, overall seasonal sales for the category are significantly ahead of last year.

September 9, 2007 Retail Sales Summary

Candy and Gum Sales

4 Week $

12 Week $

52 Week $

Class of Trade

% Change

% Change

% Change

FDM Excluding Wal-Mart

+2.3%

+4.0%

+3.1%

Food

+2.2%

+3.3%

+1.6%

Drug

+1.1%

+4.0%

+4.8%

Mass Excluding Wal-Mart

+5.4%

+7.4%

+5.0%


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