AS GASOLINE PRICES RISE, RETAILERS SEE SILVER LINING

This spring's spike in gas prices might be pinching low-income consumers, but some supermarket operators say the news isn't necessarily all bad.The recent run-up at the fuel pump may be keeping shoppers closer to home, food retailing executives told SN last week, which could mean fewer trips to outlying supercenters or to restaurants, and higher spending per trip at traditional neighborhood supermarkets.

This spring's spike in gas prices might be pinching low-income consumers, but some supermarket operators say the news isn't necessarily all bad.

The recent run-up at the fuel pump may be keeping shoppers closer to home, food retailing executives told SN last week, which could mean fewer trips to outlying supercenters or to restaurants, and higher spending per trip at traditional neighborhood supermarkets. Some operators have also moved quickly to capitalize on the increase by offering

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