FOOD RETAILERS' FORECAST FOR FALL: PARTLY SUNNY SALES

Consumers are feeling the pressures of higher gas prices and an uncertain economy, and that's both good and bad news for supermarkets.Although they expressed some concerns about consumer spending patterns and creeping inflation, food retailers and wholesalers reported robust summer sales in interviews with SN last week, and they said they expect volumes to stay up even as the leaves begin to fall."The

Consumers are feeling the pressures of higher gas prices and an uncertain economy, and that's both good and bad news for supermarkets.

Although they expressed some concerns about consumer spending patterns and creeping inflation, food retailers and wholesalers reported robust summer sales in interviews with SN last week, and they said they expect volumes to stay up even as the leaves begin to fall.

"The gas price increases and the increased cost of energy for people's homes ha

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