INDUSTRY STOCKS GET BACK ON TRACK IN FIRST HALF

Some investors apparently think there's hope for the supermarket industry, despite the seemingly endless onslaught of nontraditional competition and the difficult balancing act of growing sales and profits.The first half of 2005 saw most food-retailing stocks gain some ground, driven by a range of factors. A few -- like Pathmark, A&P and Spartan Stores -- saw huge increases amid the promise of change

Some investors apparently think there's hope for the supermarket industry, despite the seemingly endless onslaught of nontraditional competition and the difficult balancing act of growing sales and profits.

The first half of 2005 saw most food-retailing stocks gain some ground, driven by a range of factors. A few -- like Pathmark, A&P and Spartan Stores -- saw huge increases amid the promise of change brought on by outside investment or asset sales.

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