Food distribution companies in many sections of the country should benefit from improvements in the economy, and from a return of modest inflation during the second half of 1994, according to securities analysts interviewed by SN. But they also pointed out that improving economies could signal a new round of heated competition in more prosperous markets as alternative-format operators, such as Wal-Mart Stores and Kmart, see new opportunities to expand their supercenters, and as Meijer seeks ...

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