FOOD PRICES DROPPING, OPERATORS ADJUSTING

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Supermarket food prices are taking somewhat of a tumble in many categories -- never good news for retailers struggling to keep profit margins strong. But analysts say that in the scheme of overall business, the decline doesn't ring a warning bell about retailers' bottom lines, partly because stores are adjusting to the changes.The drop in food prices, while not dramatic -- dipping

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Supermarket food prices are taking somewhat of a tumble in many categories -- never good news for retailers struggling to keep profit margins strong. But analysts say that in the scheme of overall business, the decline doesn't ring a warning bell about retailers' bottom lines, partly because stores are adjusting to the changes.

The drop in food prices, while not dramatic -- dipping in recent months a half of a percentage point in many sectors -- is nonetheless expe

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