Despite reports of sluggish sales in other sectors of the retail community, supermarkets interviewed by SN last week were pleased with general merchandise movement out of their Christmas seasonal aisles. Along with the traditional trimmings, trappings and wrappings, plush toys, treats for animals and more variety of higher priced merchandise were selling well, said nonfood buyers. No complaints were voiced about soft sales as has been heard from specialty and broadline retailers. Last week ...

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