OUTLOOK FAVORS CONTINENTAL CHAINS

LONDON -- Food retail margins will continue to rise sharply in Continental Europe, but U.K. operators have less room for growth because of tighter planning rules and increasing price competition.Such is the outlook for food retailers in Europe at a time when most sectors are going through rapid change, according to an assessment prepared by two financial analysts for SN Global.Following are comments

LONDON -- Food retail margins will continue to rise sharply in Continental Europe, but U.K. operators have less room for growth because of tighter planning rules and increasing price competition.

Such is the outlook for food retailers in Europe at a time when most sectors are going through rapid change, according to an assessment prepared by two financial analysts for SN Global.

Following are comments on several leading European food retailers by David Shriver and Tony MacNear

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