HOLIDAY RINGS BRING GOOD CHEER TO STORES

Supermarket retailers were pleased with sales chalked up during the just-concluded holiday period, despite the shorter shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, last week's SN polling of several operators showed.Some said special holiday items were particularly strong sellers this season -- items such as custom-made fruit baskets and baked goods with seasonal themes.Others noted a slight

Supermarket retailers were pleased with sales chalked up during the just-concluded holiday period, despite the shorter shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, last week's SN polling of several operators showed.

Some said special holiday items were particularly strong sellers this season -- items such as custom-made fruit baskets and baked goods with seasonal themes.

Others noted a slight decline in home-meal replacement sales, apparently because many consumers pref

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