FINISHING AHEAD

Many leading supermarket chains achieved good results during the second half, particularly companies that had already been showing upward momentum.A survey of the top 20 supermarket chains with publicly traded equity or debt showed that sales increased an average of 6%, same-store sales for the fourth quarter rose an average of 1.7%, and operating income climbed an average of 6.7%%.These positive

Many leading supermarket chains achieved good results during the second half, particularly companies that had already been showing upward momentum.

A survey of the top 20 supermarket chains with publicly traded equity or debt showed that sales increased an average of 6%, same-store sales for the fourth quarter rose an average of 1.7%, and operating income climbed an average of 6.7%%.

These positive results were driven by factors including store upgrades, concentrated cost-cutt

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