CHICAGO -- Supermarket operators must find creative ways to increase consumer interest in shopping for groceries in order to reverse a trend in declining same-store sales. That was the message of Michael Sansolo, senior vice president, Food Marketing Institute, during the Speaks presentation at FMI's 2002 supermarket conference here last week. Same-store sales in inflation-adjusted terms fell 1.1% in 2001, according to results from FMI's annual survey of the industry, following a decline ...

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