CHICAGO - There were clear signs in 2005 of "death in the middle" for regional operators of 11-100 stores, Michael Sansolo, senior vice president, Food Marketing Institute, told the FMI annual convention here last week during the Speaks presentation. While sales and net profits soared for the large chains and for independents operating 10 stores or less, retailers in between saw slower sales gains and negative same-store sales, Sansolo reported. In general, however, the retail food ...

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