RETAILERS POLISH HOUSEWARES AFTER BRIGHT FORECAST

Supermarkets are implementing new strategies in light of a positive turnaround in housewares sales.Retailers, wholesalers and market analysts generally agree with Kurt Bernard, president of the forecasting firm Bernard's Retail Trend Report, Upper Montclair, N.J., that "the housewares industry is going to do extremely well this year. The reasons are a surge in housing starts, and an ongoing demographic

Supermarkets are implementing new strategies in light of a positive turnaround in housewares sales.

Retailers, wholesalers and market analysts generally agree with Kurt Bernard, president of the forecasting firm Bernard's Retail Trend Report, Upper Montclair, N.J., that "the housewares industry is going to do extremely well this year. The reasons are a surge in housing starts, and an ongoing demographic shift to a growing number of aging baby boomers.

"Home sales are soar

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