HALLOWEEN JUMP-STARTS THE HOLIDAY PUSH AT RETAIL

With a Halloween weekend kicking off the fourth quarter this year, supermarket chains are projecting solid seasonal sales, with 30% to 40% of their general-merchandise volume expected to be generated during the October-through-December period.Expectations are running high despite several distributors' and retailers' complaints about late shipments of imports from Asia. A shortage of empty cargo containers

With a Halloween weekend kicking off the fourth quarter this year, supermarket chains are projecting solid seasonal sales, with 30% to 40% of their general-merchandise volume expected to be generated during the October-through-December period.

Expectations are running high despite several distributors' and retailers' complaints about late shipments of imports from Asia. A shortage of empty cargo containers in Asia has delayed delivery of some imported promotional goods, like holiday l

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