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Sales and operating income at many leading supermarket chains showed modest gains during the first half of the year.Industry analysts told SN they expect slightly better results in the second half. An SN survey of the top 20 supermarket chains with publicly traded equity or debt showed sales increasing an average of 2.3% and operating income up an average of 1.2% during the two quarters approximating

Sales and operating income at many leading supermarket chains showed modest gains during the first half of the year.

Industry analysts told SN they expect slightly better results in the second half. An SN survey of the top 20 supermarket chains with publicly traded equity or debt showed sales increasing an average of 2.3% and operating income up an average of 1.2% during the two quarters approximating the first six months of 1995. These chains showed an average 0.8% same-store sales g

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