NEWS WATCH:...BOTTLED WATER SALES BUOY FLOODED RETAILERS...2006 FMI ATTENDANCE STAYS EVEN WITH 2005...UWG CITES PERISHABLES, NEW STORES IN 1Q GAINS

Bottled Water Sales Buoy Flooded Retailersy massive flooding last week said they saw increased purchases of bottled water and other goods, and for the most part they were able to remain open. Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., said it did not close any stores in what was reported to be the heaviest rainfall in 70 years. The company said consumers stocked up on milk, water, eggs and "comfort foods," while

Bottled Water Sales Buoy Flooded Retailers

y massive flooding last week said they saw increased purchases of bottled water and other goods, and for the most part they were able to remain open. Stop & Shop, Quincy, Mass., said it did not close any stores in what was reported to be the heaviest rainfall in 70 years. The company said consumers stocked up on milk, water, eggs and "comfort foods," while several of its stores donated food to emergency workers. One store reportedly

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