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Candy top snack item for holidays

Candy and snacks go hand-in-hand with Christmas, and candy, which is purchased by 50% of consumers who celebrate, ranks as the top snack item purchased for the holidays, according to NPD research. Of those purchasing candy, 22% are buying it…

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Report: Retailers added 20,800 jobs in Sept.

U.S. retailers accounted for 20,800 of the 148,000 jobs created last month, with discounters and department stores adding staff while specialty apparel retailers cut positions, according to the Labor Department. "Americans need to believe we are on a solid path…

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Seasonal chocolates, beer can rack up c-store sales

Attention to seasonal merchandising at convenience stores could help increase sales, industry executives said. C-stores are "missing the boat on seasonal candy," said Tim Quinn, vice president of trade development at Mars Chocolate North America. "In convenience stores, chocolate sales…

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Making the most of the gift that keeps giving

One out of five retailers surveyed by Shop.org this summer said they were investing "significantly" in online gift card purchase and redemption this year. This correlates with shopper enthusiasm for online gift cards and continued improvements in functionality and marketing,…

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