CHICAGO -- IGA here anticipates that 1999 will be a record sales year, despite operating fewer stores and facing increased competiton from megachains. "Nineteen ninety-nine should be the culmination of 15 years of sweat and tears," Thomas S. Haggai, chairman and chief executive officer of the 3,600-store global supermarket alliance, told SN. "That's how long it's taken us to position ourselves to be where we want to be." Where IGA wants to be, he explained, is on a level with its chain ...

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