PERISHABLES LEAD GROWTH NEW YORK — Total food retail sales are expanding, and perishables departments have been leading the way, according to Nielsen Homescan data from the latest 52 weeks ending Sept. 26, 2009. In a Nielsenwire blog post analyzing the data, Jeffrey Gregori, vice president of solutions consulting for Nielsen, noted that household deli spend during the period was up 5% while fresh meat and poultry sales were up 4%. Gregori also noted that during the past year, U.S. ...

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