PHOENIX -- Overall attendance at this month's General Merchandise Marketing Conference of GMDC, Colorado Springs, Colo., was up 10%, said Jim Wonderly, GMDC's chairman and vice president of GM/HBC merchandising at Ahold's American Sales Co., Lancaster, N.Y. Retailer and wholesaler attendance was up from 208 a year ago to 219, with the number of company's participating up from 86 to 87. On the supplier side, there was a 7.2% increase in companies, from 388 to 416, and a 4.6% increase in ...

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