SUMMER SALES ARE WARMING FOOD RETAILERS' HEARTS

SN SURVEYFood retailers around the country are posting good results this summer, with a range of promotions helping to drive improved sales, supermarket operators and industry observers told SN last week.Mark Husson, equity analyst at Merrill Lynch, New York, told SN this summer is "an improvement over the spring" although he said the gains did not appear to be evenly distributed.He noted that the

SN SURVEY

Food retailers around the country are posting good results this summer, with a range of promotions helping to drive improved sales, supermarket operators and industry observers told SN last week.

Mark Husson, equity analyst at Merrill Lynch, New York, told SN this summer is "an improvement over the spring" although he said the gains did not appear to be evenly distributed.

He noted that the large supermarket companies are expanding their sales space by a

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