Optimism is in fashion this season, judging by the outlooks of several industry chief executives for the year ahead. In interviews with SN, many of these retail and wholesale company leaders said their businesses performed well in 2005, and they expect that to continue, despite increasing competition from nontraditional players and the threat of ongoing fuel-cost pressures. Independent supermarket operators and their wholesalers are especially upbeat about their prospects, citing, among ...

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