ON THE MONEY

Not long ago, some retailers jumped onto what they hoped would be profitable trends for them. Today, those operators are a little surprised -- even downright elated -- that their foresight was 20/20.Convenience continues to drive sales of easy-to-use products in fresh foods. And the power of brands, while not new, has shown more muscle than was expected. The draw of small, affordable luxuries can't

Not long ago, some retailers jumped onto what they hoped would be profitable trends for them. Today, those operators are a little surprised -- even downright elated -- that their foresight was 20/20.

Convenience continues to drive sales of easy-to-use products in fresh foods. And the power of brands, while not new, has shown more muscle than was expected. The draw of small, affordable luxuries can't be underestimated either -- even in a gloomy economy, retailers told SN.

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