ATLANTA -- Back-to-school basics will be the focus of buying for 1998, said nonfood grocery buyers planning to hit the School & Home Office Products Association's annual trade show here this week, Nov. 19 to 22. Although executives said they are open to new items and emerging categories, most buying will be based on the performance of the past season, which many said was generally good. Some buyers said they will proceed cautiously with licensed-themed goods, however. These often prove ...

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