IMPULSIVE SPENDING

Sticking to the basics -- gum, mints and magazines -- is the front-end formula most stores find themselves going back to. Retailers are cleaning up the cashier area and opting for a neater, more organized approach to checkouts."We're trying not to overcrowd the checkstands. It's more comfortable for the customer, and it doesn't cause a fight with the kids every time they walk through the register,"

Sticking to the basics -- gum, mints and magazines -- is the front-end formula most stores find themselves going back to. Retailers are cleaning up the cashier area and opting for a neater, more organized approach to checkouts.

"We're trying not to overcrowd the checkstands. It's more comfortable for the customer, and it doesn't cause a fight with the kids every time they walk through the register," said Dixie Young, nonfood supervisor for Tidyman's, Greenacres, Wash.

The goal

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