FLEMING: 'NO APOLOGIES' FOR AGGRESSIVE TACTICS

DALLAS -- Fleming Cos. here tried to ease concerns about the state of its finances last week after reports that the company was strong-arming its vendors and rumors that its debt ratings could be lowered.The reports followed on the heels of a shareholder class-action suit filed late last month alleging that Fleming hid weak results at its retail division until recently, causing the price of its stock

DALLAS -- Fleming Cos. here tried to ease concerns about the state of its finances last week after reports that the company was strong-arming its vendors and rumors that its debt ratings could be lowered.

The reports followed on the heels of a shareholder class-action suit filed late last month alleging that Fleming hid weak results at its retail division until recently, causing the price of its stock to be artificially inflated. Fleming denied the allegations and called the lawsuit "

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