With supermarket operators facing the most difficult financial and competitive climate in years, it's almost hard to remember a time when the industry's outlook was rosy. But that time wasn't too long ago. This issue contains SN's seventh annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable, which begins on Page 10. How does the analyst outlook about the supermarket industry today contrast with opinions at the first roundtable six years ago in 1996? Let's look at the comparison: 1996 Roundtable: ...

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