With the economy in a slump, retailers are expecting more shoppers to select sweets as substitutes for more expensive presents this year. To help boost sales, many chains have set up candy displays in multiple high-traffic locations. Some have also created elaborate holiday centers that position candy alongside yuletide-themed general merchandise. “Because candy is an impulse buy, we have merchandised our holiday candy assortment in the lobby for maximum exposure,” Brian Smith, category ...

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