RETAIL DRIVES SUPERVALU GROWTH

MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu here sounded an optimistic note for the coming year during a conference call discussing its year-end earnings last week, citing the performance of its Save-A-Lot limited-assortment grocery chain and its regional supermarket banners.Despite double-digit increases in costs for health care and pensions, Jeff Noddle, chairman, president and chief operating officer, Supervalu,

MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu here sounded an optimistic note for the coming year during a conference call discussing its year-end earnings last week, citing the performance of its Save-A-Lot limited-assortment grocery chain and its regional supermarket banners.

Despite double-digit increases in costs for health care and pensions, Jeff Noddle, chairman, president and chief operating officer, Supervalu, said the company saw less competitive pricing pressure on gross margins in the fiscal ye

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