WASHINGTON - Supermarket operators recorded significant gains in profit margins in the past year despite increases in energy costs, the Food Marketing Institute here said last week in its Annual Financial Review. e report's 37-year history. Most of the companies surveyed - 87.5% - said they had increased energy costs during the year. Retailers said they spent an average of 1.72% of their sales on energy. Energy-cost increases for store operations were up an average of 9.5%, while energy ...

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