PRICE HIKES COULD HELP BOOST STORE BRANDS

NORTHFIELD, Ill. - With prices of many Center Store items on the rise, it's a good time for retailers to promote their private label as a less-costly alternative to national brands, analysts said.Kraft Food here, Hershey and other manufacturers have announced that they would raise prices between 1% and 4% on products such as crackers, candy, dog treats, beverages and frozen pizza. Other manufacturers

NORTHFIELD, Ill. - With prices of many Center Store items on the rise, it's a good time for retailers to promote their private label as a less-costly alternative to national brands, analysts said.

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