TAKEOUT,GAMBLING HURT STORES DOWN UNDER

SYDNEY, Australia (FNS) -- Australia's supermarket chains are being adversely affected by the growing popularity of takeout food and poker machines, according to a new survey. ary and March in eastern Australia.Although most retailers experienced fair Christmas trading and excellent January sales, there was a downturn in February -- a month known for low spending because of back-to-school expenses,

SYDNEY, Australia (FNS) -- Australia's supermarket chains are being adversely affected by the growing popularity of takeout food and poker machines, according to a new survey.

ary and March in eastern Australia.

Although most retailers experienced fair Christmas trading and excellent January sales, there was a downturn in February -- a month known for low spending because of back-to-school expenses, payment of Christmas credit-card debts and other financial obligations.

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