REASON TO CELEBRATE [A LITTLE]

Don't expect any fireworks in the second half of 2005, according to industry leaders contacted by SN.That doesn't mean business won't be good -- in fact, most food retailers and wholesalers contacted by SN said they expect sales growth to be strong in the last six months of the year, but ongoing pressure from competition and from operating costs will continue to constrain margin expansion. For many,

Don't expect any fireworks in the second half of 2005, according to industry leaders contacted by SN.

That doesn't mean business won't be good -- in fact, most food retailers and wholesalers contacted by SN said they expect sales growth to be strong in the last six months of the year, but ongoing pressure from competition and from operating costs will continue to constrain margin expansion. For many, the gains projected in the months ahead will be more conducive to a sparkler-level ce

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