2008 was a year of ups and downs for nonfood in supermarkets. But, like many other segments of the nation's downtrodden economy, there were mostly downs. With business generally declining, the supermarket industry could take some solace in grocery traffic and sales being down less than other channels, excepting Wal-Mart, which defied economic gravity with its low-price image. Referring to opportunities to gain ground in nonfood categories, consultant Neil Stern, partner, McMillan ...

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