CEOs Make Cloudy Forecast for 2013

CEOs Make Cloudy Forecast for 2013

Industry CEOs say the economy, inflation, competition and other issues complicate this year's outlook. “You can imagine a person who is planning an expansion, an acquisition, a ground-up [new store construction] or any other type of consideration as it relates to their business, and not knowing what rules they have to play by.” — Jay Campbell, president and CEO, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, La.  

Food retailers have a lot of questions heading into 2013.

Will the economy improve? Will consumer confidence improve? How much inflation will there be? What new taxes and regulations will they face?

SN surveyed supermarket and wholesaler chief executive officers around the country about their outlook for the year ahead, and those questions loomed large.

Supermarket CEOs are also concerned about the ever-increasing level of nontraditional compet

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