The Easter Bunny came hopping into town, and left upbeat sales behind for supermarket delis. The bunny also brought days of unseasonably warm weather with him into many markets, a factor supermarket operators credited with spurring sales of prepared picnic items, such as ribs and coleslaw. Traditional holiday foods like baked hams sold well and prepared meals grew in importance as harried consumers sought ways to get out of the kitchen as quickly as possible, merchandisers said. "Easter ...

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