TORONTO (FNS) -- Competition from nonsupermarket retailers has caused a steady decline in Canadian grocery sales at the supermarket level, according to David Williams, executive vice president of George Weston Ltd., the franchiser that owns Loblaw Cos. here. Speaking at the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers' 35th annual Grocery Showcase here, Williams told retailers that although grocery sales increased by 4% overall, sales through conventional grocery stores dropped by 3.2% -- and ...

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