THE BATTLE INTENSIFIES

NEW YORK -- The ongoing expansion of Wal-Mart in food retailing -- and the potential threat that poses to traditional operators -- will continue to pose challenges for the foreseeable future, according to participants in SN's annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable here.Neighborhood Markets format, they added.Meanwhile, industry consolidation has slowed down as companies deal with integration issues

NEW YORK -- The ongoing expansion of Wal-Mart in food retailing -- and the potential threat that poses to traditional operators -- will continue to pose challenges for the foreseeable future, according to participants in SN's annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable here.

Neighborhood Markets format, they added.

Meanwhile, industry consolidation has slowed down as companies deal with integration issues and worry about more rigorous antitrust enforcement by the Federal Trade Com

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