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NEW YORK - Supervalu is confident it can avoid integration problems at Albertsons because of the local expertise of the division management it is acquiring, Jeff Noddle, chairman and chief executive officer, told an investors conference here last week."The fact we don't have overlap in the operating divisions gives us a lot of confidence," he said. "And while you hear about companies losing focus

NEW YORK - Supervalu is confident it can avoid integration problems at Albertsons because of the local expertise of the division management it is acquiring, Jeff Noddle, chairman and chief executive officer, told an investors conference here last week.

"The fact we don't have overlap in the operating divisions gives us a lot of confidence," he said. "And while you hear about companies losing focus and taking their eye off the ball in these kinds of transactions, we believe that, given

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