BOTTLED WATER MACHINES SEEN LIFTING TOPS' SALES

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here has increased water sales chainwide after installing a bottled water dispensing system in each of its units, according to a former Tops executive whose present company supplied the systems to the chain.Officials at Tops declined to comment about the program, but the former Tops official and local market observers said the dispensing system is also attracting greater

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tops Markets here has increased water sales chainwide after installing a bottled water dispensing system in each of its units, according to a former Tops executive whose present company supplied the systems to the chain.

Officials at Tops declined to comment about the program, but the former Tops official and local market observers said the dispensing system is also attracting greater sales of sparkling water.

"Sparkling water ranges anywhere from 9% to 15% of

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