Supermarket meat executives are predicting brisk sales for Christmas. That is, if strong Thanksgiving sales can be used as any indication. "I am expecting record sales for this Christmas," said R.J. Harvey, meat buyer at Ingles Markets, Black Mountain, N.C., a 175-store chain. He said November sales were "very good." While already a traditional favorite, hams are expected to take the lead as the key featured item for most retailers this year. Increased pork production has forced down ...

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