Socks are gaining sales legs in supermarkets, at the expense of the declining pantyhose and nylons category. The shift to a more relaxed workplace environment, coupled with today's casual fashion trends, are why retailers increasingly offer more socks, tights, underwear and other apparel. Although the $777 million tights/socks category decreased 8.3% in sales in the food, drug and mass channels, excluding Wal-Mart, Bentonville, Ark., the tights/socks category stretched 31.8% in dollar ...

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