Consumers' growing concern regarding possible biological, chemical or other types of terrorist attacks has led some retailers to increase their displays of emergency essentials like batteries, flashlights and bottled water. "There has been a slight spike in some of those categories," said Gordon Thompson, general merchandise/seasonal category manager, Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City. "We've been getting some calls for disaster kits and, believe it or not, gas masks, but those are ...

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