MARKET LEADERS

Some big companies got a lot bigger last year through market-share growth and mergers -- moves that altered the hierarchy of top industry players. SN's annual ranking of the top 75 retailers and wholesalers reflects the upward sales movement of supercenter operators and of firms recently completing acquisitions. The latter include Richfood, Ahold USA and Ralphs Grocery Co. See Page 92.

Some big companies got a lot bigger last year through market-share growth and mergers -- moves that altered the hierarchy of top industry players. SN's annual ranking of the top 75 retailers and wholesalers reflects the upward sales movement of supercenter operators and of firms recently completing acquisitions. The latter include Richfood, Ahold USA and Ralphs Grocery Co. See Page 92.

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