FITCH: DISCOUNTERS STRONG, SUPERMARKETS STABLE IN 2002

NEW YORK -- Discounters will gain market share from other retail segments in 2002, while supermarkets will remain stable, predicted Fitch Inc., the credit rating agency based here, in the retail review and outlook it issued last week.roy, Mich., "continues to struggle to keep its turnaround on track."Fitch also noted that discounters, particularly Wal-Mart and Target, are encroaching more and more

NEW YORK -- Discounters will gain market share from other retail segments in 2002, while supermarkets will remain stable, predicted Fitch Inc., the credit rating agency based here, in the retail review and outlook it issued last week.

roy, Mich., "continues to struggle to keep its turnaround on track."

Fitch also noted that discounters, particularly Wal-Mart and Target, are encroaching more and more on the traditional domain of supermarkets.

"An increasing proportion

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