The Thanksgiving Day holiday is starting to slip into the past and year's end is now in full view. There's no better time than this to take a look at the overall financial performance of food retailing to see what's been going on, and to think about what's next.
One good, top-line view of the industry's financial status is provided by an annual report issued each fall by the Food Marketing Institute. This year's edition is titled "1996-1997 Annual Financial Review." The quick summary