RETAILERS ARE EXPECTING STRONG SALES FOR HOLIDAYS

Food retailers are looking forward to a strong Christmas after a generally unspectacular autumn, according to SN's informal survey of operators across the country.Industry analysts said the retailers optimism about the holiday season appears fully justified. Low unemployment and a trend toward more home entertaining should keep the cash registers ringing at supermarkets, they said.Connie Topovski,

Food retailers are looking forward to a strong Christmas after a generally unspectacular autumn, according to SN's informal survey of operators across the country.

Industry analysts said the retailers optimism about the holiday season appears fully justified. Low unemployment and a trend toward more home entertaining should keep the cash registers ringing at supermarkets, they said.

Connie Topovski, general manager and vice president, Smith Market IGA, Wooster, Ohio, said the

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