COMPANIES AT A CROSSROADS

Last week's bankruptcy filing by Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla., served to illustrate the precarious position of supermarket retailing in today's environment.stand at a turning point where they could either continue a slide down a path of sluggish sales and earnings growth or climb back up to emerge on stronger competitive footing.Fresh Brands, Sheboygan, Wis., and Pathmark Stores, Carteret,

Last week's bankruptcy filing by Winn-Dixie Stores, Jacksonville, Fla., served to illustrate the precarious position of supermarket retailing in today's environment.

stand at a turning point where they could either continue a slide down a path of sluggish sales and earnings growth or climb back up to emerge on stronger competitive footing.

Fresh Brands, Sheboygan, Wis., and Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J., were among the worst performers on the stock market in 2004 among compa

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