ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The U.S. housewares industry racked up $57.9 billion in retail sales last year, marking a 6.3% gain over 1994. Supermarkets generated $3.059 billion of that amount, according to the recently released National Housewares Manufacturers Association's 1996 State of the Industry Report. reflect traditional supermarkets, and exclude supercenters like those operated by Wal-Mart and Kmart, whose sales were included with discount store retailers, said Deborah A. Teschke, manager of ...

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