INDUSTRY ANALYSTS ASSESS THE CURRENT CLIMATE

The rest of the year is likely to see a small increase in supermarket sales, a slightly higher increase in earnings and few, if any, major acquisitions, according to industry analysts interviewed by SN.Among the major players, Kroger Co., Cincinnati, and Albertson's, Boise, Idaho, will continue to focus on developing synergies from last year's megamergers, the analysts noted. Safeway, Pleasanton,

The rest of the year is likely to see a small increase in supermarket sales, a slightly higher increase in earnings and few, if any, major acquisitions, according to industry analysts interviewed by SN.

Among the major players, Kroger Co., Cincinnati, and Albertson's, Boise, Idaho, will continue to focus on developing synergies from last year's megamergers, the analysts noted. Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., whose major acquisitions in 1999 were regional chains, is farther along in the i

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