As we head into the holiday season, industry observers anticipate steady sales in the candy category, despite some disheartening economic indicators. Still, retailers are exercising due caution, particularly in the realm of high-end boxed chocolates. "The confectionary industry does well during tough times," according to Jim Corcoran, vice president of trade relations, National Confectioner's Association, McClean, Va. "Everyday sales generally maintain typical levels of growth." Yet, ...

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