STRENGTH IN TRADITION

NEW YORK -- Conventional supermarkets are likely to sustain themselves as the dominant shopping format, despite losses in share-of-stomach to supercenters and other alternative formats, analysts said here at SN's 10th annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable.

The analysts said convenience and execution will be the keys to the supermarkets' long-term viability.

"Examine consumer behavior, and the statistics speak for themselves -- supermarkets are losing

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