PERIODICAL 'MEGA-WHOLESALERS' GAIN CLOUT

NEW YORK -- The restructuring in the magazine wholesaling business shows no sign of slowing down after five torrid months, as more retail chains weigh the merits of consolidating their sources of magazine supply.Small regional wholesalers watched in dismay last month as Wal-Mart Stores, Kroger Co., Ralphs Grocery Co., and Lucky Stores joined the growing list of retailers who have taken steps to reduce

NEW YORK -- The restructuring in the magazine wholesaling business shows no sign of slowing down after five torrid months, as more retail chains weigh the merits of consolidating their sources of magazine supply.

Small regional wholesalers watched in dismay last month as Wal-Mart Stores, Kroger Co., Ralphs Grocery Co., and Lucky Stores joined the growing list of retailers who have taken steps to reduce their rosters of magazine wholesalers in some markets.

In most cases the bu

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