RALSTON'S SPINOFF SEEN BENEFICIAL FOR RETAILERS

ST. LOUIS -- The spinoff of Ralston Purina Co.'s breakfast cereal and baby food businesses into a new company should bode well for retailers by increasing market competition, said security analysts contacted by SN.Ralston Purina here spun off its branded and private-label cereal business and Beech-Nut baby food business on March 31, forming a new company called Ralcorp Holdings. Ralcorp will also

ST. LOUIS -- The spinoff of Ralston Purina Co.'s breakfast cereal and baby food businesses into a new company should bode well for retailers by increasing market competition, said security analysts contacted by SN.

Ralston Purina here spun off its branded and private-label cereal business and Beech-Nut baby food business on March 31, forming a new company called Ralcorp Holdings. Ralcorp will also encompass Ralston Purina's Bremner crackers, Keystone and Breckenridge ski resorts and i

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