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Cost inflation: It's not just for groceries and gas any more. For the past year and a half, supermarkets have been coping with rising food costs, but for longer than that they have also been dealing with double-digit hikes on some of the materials they need to build and remodel their stores as well. Some observers estimate that costs are rising as much as 1% per month. Although there are some signs

Cost inflation: It's not just for groceries and gas any more.

For the past year and a half, supermarkets have been coping with rising food costs, but for longer than that they have also been dealing with double-digit hikes on some of the materials they need to build and remodel their stores as well. Some observers estimate that costs are rising as much as 1% per month.

Although there are some signs that the high costs are leveling off or even pulling back slightly, supermarket

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