SUPERMARKETS BUCK TREND, REPORT CHEERY HOLIDAY SALES

NEW YORK -- It was a merry holiday season for many supermarket operators.Unlike retailers in other channels of trade, food retailers ended the fourth quarter with strong sales gains, supermarket executives told SN during a nationwide survey conducted last week. Even the snowstorm that hit the Northeast and Midwest the week before Christmas did not have a major impact on sales, according to supermarket

NEW YORK -- It was a merry holiday season for many supermarket operators.

Unlike retailers in other channels of trade, food retailers ended the fourth quarter with strong sales gains, supermarket executives told SN during a nationwide survey conducted last week. Even the snowstorm that hit the Northeast and Midwest the week before Christmas did not have a major impact on sales, according to supermarket retailers in those regions.

Many retailers apparently prospered during

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