The nation's largest supermarket chains continued to reap the rewards of their investments in technology, acquisitions, capital expenditures and internal changes in the second half of calendar year 1997. Although sales showed modest gains compared with the corresponding period in the prior year, increased efficiencies resulted in significantly higher operating results. The 15 largest chains had sales of $82.0 billion in the second half of the year, an increase of 5.9% over the 15 largest ...

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