Amid signs that the economic growth of the first half of 2006 may cool down in the second half of the year, food retailers said rising cost pressures on their businesses show no signs of abating. In phone interviews with SN during the past two weeks, several supermarket executives cited the high cost of fuel and other expense pressures as being among their biggest challenges in the first six months of 2006, and they said costs are a primary concern as they prepare for the final six months. ...

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