BANKING ON SUCCESS

The retail food industry improved its overall performance during the first half of 1998, achieving gains in sales and operating income and a healthy boost in comparable-store sales. According to securities analysts interviewed by SN, investments in acquisitions and store upgrades were the primary drivers of financial performance during the first half -- the same factors likely to propel second-half

The retail food industry improved its overall performance during the first half of 1998, achieving gains in sales and operating income and a healthy boost in comparable-store sales. According to securities analysts interviewed by SN, investments in acquisitions and store upgrades were the primary drivers of financial performance during the first half -- the same factors likely to propel second-half results, analysts said, although they offered varying opinions on which direction the economy m

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