RETAILERS REPORT SALES GAINS DURING BTS

An SN poll of supermarket operators revealed that many enjoyed a boost in back-to-school spending this year, as retailers in general appeared to feel more positive about sales trends.Supermarkets were promoting everything from lunch boxes to stationery for BTS and many retailers reported consumers appeared more willing to spend money.Leading last week's wave of positive indicators about retail sales

An SN poll of supermarket operators revealed that many enjoyed a boost in back-to-school spending this year, as retailers in general appeared to feel more positive about sales trends.

Supermarkets were promoting everything from lunch boxes to stationery for BTS and many retailers reported consumers appeared more willing to spend money.

Leading last week's wave of positive indicators about retail sales was Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., which said tax-rebate checks and the

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