GOOD TIMES DRAW BUYERS TO UPGRADE HOUSEWARES

General merchandise supermarket buyers attending the International Housewares Show this week at McCormick Place in Chicago are hoping the economy will remain strong in 1998 and demand will continue for higher-price-point, quality houseware items.Some of those attending the show, which began yesterday and runs through Jan. 14, said they will zero in on upgraded lines to broaden their housewares offerings

General merchandise supermarket buyers attending the International Housewares Show this week at McCormick Place in Chicago are hoping the economy will remain strong in 1998 and demand will continue for higher-price-point, quality houseware items.

Some of those attending the show, which began yesterday and runs through Jan. 14, said they will zero in on upgraded lines to broaden their housewares offerings and better appeal to shoppers with more disposable income. Many said their buying

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