As the back-to-school selling season transitions into fall promotions, food retailers that weren't aggressive with sales and deep discounts on commodity staples may see more sales go to mass merchandisers and others. Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc.'s latest four-week sales figures, ending Aug. 10, show supermarket dollar and unit sales down by 2% to 4% in two related BTS categories: children's art supplies and office products. Writing instruments were down 10% ...

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