FRESH DEPARTMENTS POST STRONG SALES FOR EASTER

NEW YORK -- Bunny trails, sushi, specially priced rib roasts and giant orchids pushed Easter sales to new heights for retailers this year.In fact, retailers contacted in a spot check around the country told SN last week that traffic and sales were very strong in their fresh-foods departments.One floral department posted a 30% sales gain for the Friday and Saturday preceding Easter compared to the

NEW YORK -- Bunny trails, sushi, specially priced rib roasts and giant orchids pushed Easter sales to new heights for retailers this year.

In fact, retailers contacted in a spot check around the country told SN last week that traffic and sales were very strong in their fresh-foods departments.

One floral department posted a 30% sales gain for the Friday and Saturday preceding Easter compared to the same two days last year.

"I can attribute a lot of [the sales hike] to

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