GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Supermarket retailers surrendered an average 1.78% of their total sales to shoplifters, dishonest employees and other sources of shrink last year, according to a new survey released today. In the 1996 Retail Theft Security Survey, which examined 1995 data from 289 companies in 26 classes of trade, supermarkets represented the single largest group of respondents -- 33 companies. Discount stores were also polled and reported a higher rate of shrink than supermarkets, ...

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