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Prices Boost Holiday Sales Supermarket price increases of about 1.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010 helped drive sales gains of 2.3% for the holiday period, according to data from Kantar Retail and the U.S. Department of Commerce. That compared with sales increases of 0.6% in the year-ago fourth quarter, but still trailed the gains posted by drug stores (3.5%) and foodservice and drinking places (5.1%).

Prices Boost Holiday Sales

Supermarket price increases of about 1.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010 helped drive sales gains of 2.3% for the holiday period, according to data from Kantar Retail and the U.S. Department of Commerce. That compared with sales increases of 0.6% in the year-ago fourth quarter, but still trailed the gains posted by drug stores (3.5%) and foodservice and drinking places (5.1%). The restaurant sales gains, in contrast to those of supermarkets, was demand-dri

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