Consumers reach for pills

Financial stress is causing consumers to buy more medicine, judging by the 21percent jump in pharmacy sales in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Pharmacies boasted the biggest sales growth, but remained the smallest of seven sectors StatsSA divides retail into, contributing just 4,5percent of the total R123billion shops rang up from July to September. - Robert Laing

Financial stress is causing consumers to buy more medicine, judging by the 21percent jump in pharmacy sales in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. Pharmacies boasted the biggest sales growth, but remained the smallest of seven sectors StatsSA divides retail into, contributing just 4,5percent of the total R123billion shops rang up from July to September. - Robert Laing

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