CHICAGO -- Supermarket companies will increasingly seek to acquire companies in related fields, such as convenience stores and food-service companies, according to Tim Carroll, managing director of the corporate finance group at the accounting/consulting firm of Arthur Andersen here. "Supermarkets are going to become multichannel food providers," Carroll told SN. He has analyzed this emerging trend in "Channel Surfing," a report on "the 'cross-channelization' of the food retail industry" ...

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