Retailers and wholesalers have begun an early spring cleaning by revamping general merchandise sections to stimulate sales in the first quarter. A heavy emphasis on promotions such as in-and-outs, continuities and multipack value pricing also has contributed to solid general merchandise sales this quarter, report retailers polled by SN. Key general merchandise segments that have drawn retailers' focus include kitchen plasticware and gadgets, ethnic cookware, video and school and home ...

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