IT'S OPEN SEASON ON SUPERMARKET STOCK RATINGS

Supermarket stocks are on trial by securities analysts, and so far the verdict is guilty until proven innocent.Recently some analysts have been quicker to slash stock ratings on a number of food retail companies.At first glance that's not surprising given that a wide variety of retailers -- from booksellers to apparel merchants -- are being judged more harshly by the financial community. This follows

Supermarket stocks are on trial by securities analysts, and so far the verdict is guilty until proven innocent.

Recently some analysts have been quicker to slash stock ratings on a number of food retail companies.

At first glance that's not surprising given that a wide variety of retailers -- from booksellers to apparel merchants -- are being judged more harshly by the financial community. This follows from a decline in consumer confidence, troubled economy and heightened scru

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