Supermarket industry stocks came alive in the first half of 1996, and financial analysts expect strong results for the balance of the year. Even with the downward movement of the stock market over the last couple of weeks, analysts said the defensive nature of supermarket stocks will make them potentially more attractive to investors in a declining market. The SN Composite Index, which tracks stock prices of 49 companies, including retailers and wholesalers, rose 39.9% during the half. In ...

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