No one needs to be reminded that the supermarket share of nonfood sales is ebbing away to other channels of trade, largely mass merchandisers. To a great degree, supermarkets are losing nonfood business because of the growing product-price spread between supermarkets and mass merchants that has been evolving in recent years. And much of that price spread has been sponsored by logistical efficiencies developed by the big discounters -- efficiencies that liberate cash, which can be used to ...

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