Food retailers are looking forward to a strong Christmas after a generally unspectacular autumn, according to SN's informal survey of operators across the country. Industry analysts said the retailers optimism about the holiday season appears fully justified. Low unemployment and a trend toward more home entertaining should keep the cash registers ringing at supermarkets, they said. Connie Topovski, general manager and vice president, Smith Market IGA, Wooster, Ohio, said the week before ...

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