Inflation, Margin Pressures Subdue Stocks

Investors looking for more lucrative returns as the economy slowly lurches toward recovery may have dumped their defensive holdings in supermarket shares in the first half of 2009, analysts said. Although a handful of food retailers six of the 24 stocks tracked by SN showed gains since the beginning of the year, the stocks overall suffered a sharp sell-off and lost more value than the market overall.

Investors looking for more lucrative returns as the economy slowly lurches toward recovery may have dumped their defensive holdings in supermarket shares in the first half of 2009, analysts said.

Although a handful of food retailers — six of the 24 stocks tracked by SN — showed gains since the beginning of the year, the stocks overall suffered a sharp sell-off and lost more value than the market overall.

The outlook for the second half doesn't look much better as retail

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