One moment it looked like we might have a winner, and the next instant everything was reversed and it was too close to call. No, I'm not talking about Bush and Gore. The race to win the on-line grocery home-shopping contest has turned into a competition with sudden fortunes, falls from grace and come-from-behind moves. Not long ago the pure-play dot-coms were soaring and the conventional grocery industry appeared to be left on the runway. But the pure-plays have fallen to earth along with ...

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