The economy is going along so well it hurts. That's the paradox spelled out in this week's front-page news feature entitled "Deflated Hopes." The feature is an analysis of how food-price deflation undermined the increase in same-store sales during the calendar first half. The top 20 chains reported that same-store sales -- the measure that really tells the story about sales -- were up 1.3% during the most recent quarter reported, compared with 2.1% for the same period a year earlier. It was ...

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