BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Large-scale retailers, notably Wal-Mart Stores, are destined to define retailing in upcoming years, to a great extent, but a parallel development toward deconsolidation and niche retailing will present an increasingly powerful countervailing force. That's the opinion of Carl Steidtmann, chief economist, Deloitte Research, New York, who presented a session on the changing food-retailing environment at the Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference here last ...

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