SMOOTH SAILING

Retailers enjoyed strong financial results during the first half of 2006 - as high gas prices prompted many consumers to eat in rather than out and to stay closer to home to shop - though the second half may be a little tougher, analysts told SN last week.Financial results in the first half of 2006 for the 10 largest supermarket chains with public equity or public debt showed significant improvements

Retailers enjoyed strong financial results during the first half of 2006 - as high gas prices prompted many consumers to eat in rather than out and to stay closer to home to shop - though the second half may be a little tougher, analysts told SN last week.

Financial results in the first half of 2006 for the 10 largest supermarket chains with public equity or public debt showed significant improvements over the first half of 2005. Total sales for the half increased 5.2%, compared with

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