NEW YORK -- Housewares is a strong and growing category for many supermarket chains, according to research conducted jointly by SN and HFN (a weekly publication on home products retailing), both put out by Fairchild Publications here. The above chart -- the first of its kind -- ranks supermarket chains by housewares sales, and shows the top four grocery retailers had housewares sales over $400 million each in 2002. Kroger Co., Cincinnati, led all supermarket retailers with $898 million in ...

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