Y2K HYSTERIA SENDS GROCERY SALES UP: COMMERCE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Paranoia over Y2K sent retail sales at grocery stores skyrocketing in December, according to figures released by the Commerce Department last week.Sales at grocery stores increased 2.0% in December, after gaining only 0.6% in November. Against December 1998, retail sales were up 7.1%. Drug and proprietary stores also saw dramatic increases in December. For the month sales were

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Paranoia over Y2K sent retail sales at grocery stores skyrocketing in December, according to figures released by the Commerce Department last week.

Sales at grocery stores increased 2.0% in December, after gaining only 0.6% in November. Against December 1998, retail sales were up 7.1%. Drug and proprietary stores also saw dramatic increases in December. For the month sales were up 1.7%, after a 0.2% increase in November. Year-over-year sales were up a whopping 11.7

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