Supermarket retailers had something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: better sales than last year. Several chains told SN last week that the holiday gave them a hearty sales boost, which they expect to continue as Christmas approaches. A stronger focus on loyalty-card programs and prepared meals plus increased market stability and consumer spending confidence also helped drive holiday sales, industry analysts noted. Grand Union Co., Wayne, N.J., saw across-the-board increases at its ...

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