Traditional summer items have been posting good sales returns for supermarkets around the country with the help of favorable weather, special promotions and an improving economy in some regions. In an SN survey, many retailers reported an increase in sales this summer over the comparable period last year. Items like cold sodas, barbecue meats, ice cream, hot deli entrees and outdoor accessories were big sellers. While some retailers cut back on promotions, others turned more aggressive, ...

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