BTS SPENDING TO UPGRADE A CLASSY 20%

NEW YORK -- Supermarkets can hope to gain incremental dollars spent on back-to-school merchandise this summer, according to numbers released here last week by American Express.hopping. Teens alone are expected to spend $124 on BTS purchases, 10% more than the $113 they spent a year ago."Our survey indicates that parents are feeling confident about the future and plan to indulge during the 2000 back-to-school

NEW YORK -- Supermarkets can hope to gain incremental dollars spent on back-to-school merchandise this summer, according to numbers released here last week by American Express.

hopping. Teens alone are expected to spend $124 on BTS purchases, 10% more than the $113 they spent a year ago.

"Our survey indicates that parents are feeling confident about the future and plan to indulge during the 2000 back-to-school shopping season," said John Theiss, vice president of retail indust

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