Among the major costs with which food retailers must deal, diesel fuel used in trucking is probably the one over which they have the least direct control. Driven by such unpredictable factors as weather and politics, diesel fuel prices experience considerable volatility, mostly in an upward direction. Last week, as crude oil prices reached record levels, the price of diesel in the U.S. stood at $2.77 per gallon, up 11 cents from the prior week and up 51 cents from the same time a year ago, ...

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