COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Nonfood buyers said the decision by the General Merchandise Distributors Council here to pay for the travel expenses of its qualified retailer and wholesaler members should boost attendance at its health and beauty care and general merchandise trade shows. "We never considered pulling out, but maybe we pared it down to one person attending," said Curt Maki, vice president, nonfoods, Topco Associates, Skokie, Ill., of the GMDC HBC Marketing Conference. "Now we can ...

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