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.

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, there could be an upside to the scenario in some instances, namely loc

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