BREAKING OUT OF THE MALAISE

NEW YORK -- Supermarket retailers looking for an upswing in financial performance may be in for a long wait as consumers seek lower-priced alternatives in a weakened economy, security analysts told SN.They projected a generally bleak outlook during SN's seventh annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable here, citing a combination of high prices and high margins, a lack of merchandising excitement and an

NEW YORK -- Supermarket retailers looking for an upswing in financial performance may be in for a long wait as consumers seek lower-priced alternatives in a weakened economy, security analysts told SN.

They projected a generally bleak outlook during SN's seventh annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable here, citing a combination of high prices and high margins, a lack of merchandising excitement and an inability to create points of difference with other formats, primarily Wal-Mart, that

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