RETAILERS PLAY CATCHUP GAME

NEW YORK -- Traditional supermarkets may have a hard time winning back consumers from Wal-Mart and other alternative formats once the economy recovers, a panel of industry analysts said here during SN's eighth annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable."The weak economy really shined the light on the price differences between the conventional grocers and other channels, and one of the big debates is going

NEW YORK -- Traditional supermarkets may have a hard time winning back consumers from Wal-Mart and other alternative formats once the economy recovers, a panel of industry analysts said here during SN's eighth annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable.

"The weak economy really shined the light on the price differences between the conventional grocers and other channels, and one of the big debates is going to be, will there be a switch back to the conventionals when the economy snaps back?

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