The efforts of the nation's largest public supermarket companies to differentiate themselves and strengthen their formats against competitive threats drove strong top- and bottom-line results in the first half of the year, although analysts said it's not clear whether the second half will be as robust. Continuing the upswing of the prior 12 months, financial results for the half were strong among the industry's 10 largest chains that have public equity or public debt: Sales grew 3.6%, on ...

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