SEATTLE -- With Easter just past and Memorial Day still a month and a half away, mid-April can be an awkward time for supermarkets looking to move seasonal merchandise. Visiting several retailers here last month, SN found a largely tentative approach to seasonal promotions and, indeed, to general merchandise on the whole. Most stores had no devoted promotional aisle. Some gave a nod to Mother's Day with a couple of feet in greeting cards, while others were straining to unload unsold plush ...

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