EXTERNAL, INTERNAL EVENTS BUFFETED THE INDUSTRY IN 2004

As sure as the arrival of winter, it's time to take a look back at industry events to see what the limited perspective of the present moment might suggest. That's the idea of this special issue of SN, which is devoted in large part to a look at what happened during this quickly fading year. You'll see relevant news articles identified by the logo inset to the right.Last year at this time, we were

As sure as the arrival of winter, it's time to take a look back at industry events to see what the limited perspective of the present moment might suggest. That's the idea of this special issue of SN, which is devoted in large part to a look at what happened during this quickly fading year. You'll see relevant news articles identified by the logo inset to the right.

Last year at this time, we were still amazed by the then-recent collapse of Fleming Cos. and by Ahold's stumble. Luckily

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