Trick-or-treaters won't get left in the dark this year. Although some supermarkets reported that sales of seasonal Halloween merchandise got off to a slow start after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many said they expected their stores to fill their traditional October roles as providers of last-minute general merchandise items like decorations, candles, greeting cards and flashlights. "As far as the nonfood part of its goes, sales are definitely off," said Bob Annand, category manager, ...

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