As long as the nation's economy stays in dire straits, savings on fuel and food will remain a critical rallying point for supermarket chains in 2009. Despite an 11-cent jump in the second week of January of the national average retail price to $1.78 a gallon for regular gasoline, food retailers can expect relatively low gas prices this year compared to last year's price escalation to over $4 a gallon. The Energy Information Administration's short-term energy outlook as of Jan. 13, 2009, ...

REGISTER TO VIEW THIS ARTICLE - Register for a Free Account

WhyRegisterfor FREE?

Salary Survey 2015

Registering for content on Supermarket News will give youINSTANTaccess to invaluable articles and media content that industry professionals rely on. You will have access to our special reports, feature articles, and industry analysis. It’sFREE, easy and quick. What are you waiting for!In addition you will also receive complimentary access to the SN salary survey data tables.

Click here to read the FAQ page if you have any questions (opens in a new window)

Attention Paid Print Subscribers: While you have already been grantedfreeaccess to SNwe ask that youregister now.We promise it will only take a few minutes! Or visit your profile and add your print magazine account number and zip code.

Already registered? here.