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FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Webvan here was last week's Wall Street darling, with its initial public offering giving quick profits to early investors.But some supermarket industry analysts expressed skepticism about the company's long term prospects. They said they doubted whether grocery e-commerce would find favor beyond a small niche market. What's more, they said even if grocery e-retailing does start

FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Webvan here was last week's Wall Street darling, with its initial public offering giving quick profits to early investors.

But some supermarket industry analysts expressed skepticism about the company's long term prospects. They said they doubted whether grocery e-commerce would find favor beyond a small niche market. What's more, they said even if grocery e-retailing does start attracting a broad range of shoppers, the large supermarket companies will not let t

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