Off-Premise Chains Looking to Beer to Create Foot Traffic, Fatter Rings, and Mar

"We won't see growth come back until late 2010, where we're going to see some sustained growth," predicts Nick Lake of Nielsen at a seminar talk in Vegas last week. But Nick warned that it's going to be slow-going for awhile. Unemployment is at 16% when you consider "underutilized workers" who have to work part time but want full time jobs. As we know, club stores, super centers, and dollar stores are outperforming c-stores, drug stores, and to a lesser extent, grocery stores. But Nick says the good news is that the number of average trips consumers make is starting to bounce back .

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