Uneasy investors -- troubled by a wave of accounting misstatements, an uncertain economic outlook and increasing competitive pressures -- took the stocks of publicly traded food retailers on a turbulent ride in the first half of the year. The composite index of the stocks SN tracks throughout the year was down 3.54% through the first six months of 2002, which actually put them ahead of both the Dow Jones Index, which was down 7.77%, and the S&P 500, which was down 13.78%. Sixteen stocks ...

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