SAME-STORE SALES DROP OFF IN '02

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the face of increasing pricing pressures, the food channel's same-store sales growth took a nosedive in 2002, falling to 0.4% from an average of 2% for the prior three-year period, according to the Food Channel Industry Outlook study, recently released by Retail Forward here."That's an alarming statistic to see dip that low. For supermarket retailers to be able to turn that around

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the face of increasing pricing pressures, the food channel's same-store sales growth took a nosedive in 2002, falling to 0.4% from an average of 2% for the prior three-year period, according to the Food Channel Industry Outlook study, recently released by Retail Forward here.

"That's an alarming statistic to see dip that low. For supermarket retailers to be able to turn that around will be a challenge," said Sandy Skrovan, vice president, Retail Forward, and autho

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