NEW YORK -- The supermarket industry may be heading for better times, though the specter of rising gas prices may quash some of the anticipated gains, analysts told SN.

Discussing the industry's prospects at SN's annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable, the participants' comments were among the most positive since the roundtable was initiated 10 years ago.

Their cautious optimism is largely a result of financial improvements at Kroger Co. and Safeway as

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