RETAILERS FEEL GAS PAINS AS COST OF CRUDE RISES

The spike in crude-oil prices experienced last week, and in other recent weeks, is sure to make a difference to supermarket retailers.Depending on retailers' exact situation, it could put pressure on them -- and their distributors -- to increase prices. In marketing areas where there is intense price competition, though, that may not be an immediate option, which suggests margin pressures will build.Also,

The spike in crude-oil prices experienced last week, and in other recent weeks, is sure to make a difference to supermarket retailers.

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