MINIMUM WAGE HIKE'S IMPACT WILL VARY

WASHINGTON -- Although the supermarket industry opposed a minimum wage hike, President Clinton's approval of a 90-cent increase last week doesn't stand to immediately hurt many major operators, according to executives and analysts.Many operators already pay at or above the new minimum wage scales, and supermarkets dodged a bullet when Congress opted not to make the law retroactive. Unionized supermarkets

WASHINGTON -- Although the supermarket industry opposed a minimum wage hike, President Clinton's approval of a 90-cent increase last week doesn't stand to immediately hurt many major operators, according to executives and analysts.

Many operators already pay at or above the new minimum wage scales, and supermarkets dodged a bullet when Congress opted not to make the law retroactive. Unionized supermarkets could even be aided by the hike, since nonunionized competitors in other formats

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