HOLIDAY MEAL SALES HOTTER -- AND SO IS COMPETITION

As post-Thanksgiving deli sales were being tallied, retailers said the market for prepared holiday dinners keeps growing -- but getting a bigger piece of that business is not getting any easier.A spot check with deli and food-service executives across the country netted a mixed bag of sales results. For the most part, they said the challenge is that competition for holiday dinner sales is heating

As post-Thanksgiving deli sales were being tallied, retailers said the market for prepared holiday dinners keeps growing -- but getting a bigger piece of that business is not getting any easier.

A spot check with deli and food-service executives across the country netted a mixed bag of sales results. For the most part, they said the challenge is that competition for holiday dinner sales is heating up just as much as consumer demand is.

"With everybody getting into the business

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