NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs here estimated that supermarkets could pick up 7% of the stimulus checks the government will issue next month, or close to $2 billion during the second and third quarters. "Although $2 billion is only about 0.3% of overall supermarket consumption, it could bolster comps at a time when food inflation is dampening demand," according to a Goldman Sachs research report entitled Independent Insights, which asked 2,500 U.S. consumers how they plan to spend their rebates. ...

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