A streak of warm weather at the end of June helped retailers show modest gains in same-store sales for the month. The Goldman Sachs retail composite index was up 1.9% compared to June 2002. Wal-Mart sales were up 2.7% and were up Target's 0.8%; Kohl's were down 2.4%.
New research finds reactions to peanut allergies can be minimized if the patient drinks liquid charcoal after ingesting a peanut. The charcoal is often used to block absorption when someone ingests poison, and the study finds it can have a similar effect for peanut allergy sufferers.
The FDA would allow food and dietary supplement manufacturers to make health claims based on a wide range of evidence. The agency is developing an A-through-D grading system that evaluates the scientific evidence behind a proposed health claim. Some consumer groups say the plan is illegal and would support questionable claims backed by weak scientific evidence.
Wal-Mart has opened a Sam's Club store in Beijing, the discount retailer's first outlet in China's capital. The customers flocked to the meat and seafood sections, but Western cereals, cream cheese and dill pickles only drew some attention.