Despite the cool, damp weather in much of the country and high gas prices that were blamed for drowning overall retail sales in June, supermarket operators polled by SN last week indicated their summer season has been a virtual picnic. "We've done very well, and sales have been as strong as we expected them to be," said Jay Campbell, president and chief executive officer, Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge, La. "Part of that is due to the fact a lot of people were sticking close to home, ...

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