AUBURN, Mass. -- Some supermarkets had success with high-priced seasonal general merchandise this year, according to retailers and distributors polled by SN. Imperial Distributors, based here, which serves retailers like Shaw's Supermarkets, East Bridgewater, Mass., has successfully expanded its seasonal program with high-ticket items like a 3-foot-tall decorative Santa Claus priced at $80 and imported resin decorative figurines priced up to $20. "The threshold for supermarkets is getting ...

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