Wal-Mart Woes Bring Hope to Supermarkets

NOBODY SHEDS A TEAR when the class bully gets his comeuppance, and there were plenty of dry eyes in the supermarket industry this year as Wal-Mart Stores seemed to repeatedly stub its toes. The Bentonville, Ark.-based behemoth saw its sales momentum deteriorate throughout the year, which it attributed to causes ranging from the high cost of gasoline through the summer months to difficult comparisons

NOBODY SHEDS A TEAR when the class bully gets his comeuppance, and there were plenty of dry eyes in the supermarket industry this year as Wal-Mart Stores seemed to repeatedly stub its toes.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based behemoth saw its sales momentum deteriorate throughout the year, which it attributed to causes ranging from the high cost of gasoline through the summer months to difficult comparisons with 2005's post-hurricane spending in the fall.

The company also admitted to

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