Supermarket Stocks Soar in 2006

Food retailing and wholesaling stocks surged in 2006, propelled by strong comparable-store sales at the largest chains, deal speculation at a few others and overall sentiment among investors that the industry's efforts to improve its positioning are gaining traction.

Food retailing and wholesaling stocks surged in 2006, propelled by strong comparable-store sales at the largest chains, deal speculation at a few others and overall sentiment among investors that the industry‘s efforts to improve its positioning are gaining traction. More than half of the 27 stocks tracked by SN rose in double digits for the year. Among the top gainers: Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich., whose share price more than doubled after the acquisition of D&W Food Centers and stron

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