SUMMER SALES OFF TO A SIZZLING SEASONAL START

Despite the clouds of intensifying competition and the chills of a jittery stock market, supermarket operators have a sunny forecast for this summer's retail food sales.The sputtering economy and a lingering aversion to air travel could keep many consumers close to home this summer, as they forego expensive vacations until a more positive economic picture emerges. Supermarket companies hope this translates

Despite the clouds of intensifying competition and the chills of a jittery stock market, supermarket operators have a sunny forecast for this summer's retail food sales.

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