Retailers and wholesalers polled by SN are optimistic about prospects for a merry and profitable holiday season this fourth quarter. "At the rate we have purchased so far, we expect about a 25% increase this year," said Doug Lowe, director of HBC/GM, K-VA-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va. "Even through a bad economy, we did well last year in the holiday season and I am going full steam ahead this season also," said Larry Schimpf, director, HBC/nonfoods, Clemens Markets, Kulpsville, Pa. "If the ...

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