COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Economists here predicted that supermarkets will continue to lose market share to supercenters, warehouse clubs and other channels as the overall U.S. economy emerges slowly from its recent recession. During a conference call late last month, Steve Spiwak, an economist with Retail Forward here, said, "While supercenters and warehouse clubs have gained market share in the past five years, supermarkets have actually lost share. That decline is expected to continue as ...

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