WILTON, Conn. -- Grocery retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers have become more interdependent than ever before due to Efficient Consumer Response programs, according to a study by Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group's Consumer Intensive Business Practice here. cater to consumers. Over a five-year period, sales growth in those sectors slowed because of low food-price inflation and nearly flat consumer demand, the study said. Retailers raised profit margins in that time vs. their ...

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