WASHINGTON -- Combination stores and superstores are continuing to gain favor in the supermarket industry, according to a study. rienced a precipitous drop, according to a Food Marketing Institute study on store development. Although conventional stores still account for the largest percentage of stores in operation, that percentage was only 48.9% last year -- down markedly from 59.3% of all stores in 1993, the report pointed out. "It remains to be seen whether this represents a future ...

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