Concerns about inflation and the viability of an economic recovery may have led many traditional supermarket stocks to underperform the market overall in the first quarter, analysts told SN last week. The stocks of Kroger Co., Safeway and Supervalu have all lost value, year-to-date, while those of companies appealing to more affluent shoppers — like Whole Foods Market and The Fresh Market — have seen gains exceeding those of the major stock indices. “The Whole Foods ...

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