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The Superpharm chain may bid in the tender to run the pharmacy store in Ben-Gurion Airport's new terminal.

It is estimated that sales in the James Richardson store at the present terminal are 30-35 percent of the country's total spending at the upper end of the cosmetics market. When tourist figures were at pre-intifada highs this went up to 45 percent.

Superpharm already dominates the Israeli market, and should it win the tender, it could capture a 65 percent share of the upper range of the cosmetics market.

The new terminal - part of the Ben-Gurion 2000 project, named for its original opening date - is now scheduled to open in June 2004.