HOPE AND FEAR GUIDE INDUSTRY'S ROAD INTO SECOND HALF

How's business in the supermarket industry? You might first ask: Which supermarket industry?A recent SN article quoted financial analysts delivering some pessimistic outlooks for the big publicly held chains and the economy (April 19, 2004, Page 1). In contrast, a story on Page 1 this week quotes top executives of some regional supermarket retailers with far more bullish forecasts about their sales

How's business in the supermarket industry? You might first ask: Which supermarket industry?

A recent SN article quoted financial analysts delivering some pessimistic outlooks for the big publicly held chains and the economy (April 19, 2004, Page 1). In contrast, a story on Page 1 this week quotes top executives of some regional supermarket retailers with far more bullish forecasts about their sales and regional economies.

Why the big difference?

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