HOLIDAY SALES RAISE RETAILER SPIRITS

Supermarkets around the country have reason for holiday cheer this season.Retailers reported upbeat sales trends in an SN national survey conducted last week. They credited the holiday gains primarily to an early emphasis on Christmas promotions and consumer faith in the gradually improving economy.Top-performing items included gift baskets, party platters, traditional meats and specialty general

Supermarkets around the country have reason for holiday cheer this season.

Retailers reported upbeat sales trends in an SN national survey conducted last week. They credited the holiday gains primarily to an early emphasis on Christmas promotions and consumer faith in the gradually improving economy.

Top-performing items included gift baskets, party platters, traditional meats and specialty general merchandise items, according to retailers.

The mild weather, while

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