The food-retailing industry has been awash with bad news for years when it comes to nonfood sales. Causing the scary news is the inescapable fact that nonfood sales in supermarkets have been eroding at a steady rate. Lost sales have been moving to discount stores, the class of trade that effectively captured the low-price image in consumers' minds. So, when a spark of good news happens to cross such a dark sky, it's time to look up and take notice -- even if the good news for supermarkets ...
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