THE BIG SEASON

The upcoming fourth quarter holds the promise for supermarkets to break out of their financial doldrums, which have plagued most retailers -- from the largest chains to the single-store operator -- for the last three years.As far as the economy goes, there are glimmers of hope on the horizon as some 25 million families begin to receive their $400-per-child tax credits in time for back-to-school, and

The upcoming fourth quarter holds the promise for supermarkets to break out of their financial doldrums, which have plagued most retailers -- from the largest chains to the single-store operator -- for the last three years.

As far as the economy goes, there are glimmers of hope on the horizon as some 25 million families begin to receive their $400-per-child tax credits in time for back-to-school, and others are anticipating larger tax rebates from the Bush administration's tax cuts. O

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