RETAILERS STUNG BY WAL-MART, ECONOMY

The confluence of extremely challenging events that occurred in the second half of fiscal 2001, which stalled most of the Top 10 publicly traded supermarket companies in their tracks, provided additional momentum to a much bigger factor in food retailing -- Wal-Mart's growth.According to second-half company performance figures compiled by SN, the Top 10 chains showed hardly any growth in same-store

The confluence of extremely challenging events that occurred in the second half of fiscal 2001, which stalled most of the Top 10 publicly traded supermarket companies in their tracks, provided additional momentum to a much bigger factor in food retailing -- Wal-Mart's growth.

According to second-half company performance figures compiled by SN, the Top 10 chains showed hardly any growth in same-store sales. They averaged 0.1% during the period, compared to 1.1% in 2000. The 10 chains i

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