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Weather puts focus on grocery essentials

This winter’s harsh weather conditions may be having a negative impact on impulse spending at supermarkets, industry analysts told SN last week — although overall the cold and snow may be a positive force for at-home dining. “Severe winter weather pretty much kills trading up,” Andrew Wolf, managing director for BB&T Capital Markets, Boston, said. “Discretionary spending had been making a recovery in 2013, which resulted in stronger sales. But if bad weather …

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