Increasing fuel prices and volume attrition from Albertsons may help supermarket operators achieve better financial results during the second half of 2005 than they did in the first half, industry analysts told SN. Although the 10 largest publicly traded companies appeared to strengthen sales and profitability during the first six months of the year, some of those improvements were due to weak comparisons with strike-impacted results in Southern California in the prior year among the Big ...

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