ARLINGTON, Va. — Overall store margins among independent operators rose in 2008, along with same-store sales and average inventory levels, according to the 2009 Independent Grocers Survey issued by the National Grocers Association here and FMS Solutions. The study — encompassing survey data from independent retailers in 27 states — indicated gross margins had a solid increase of 139 basis points over 2007, rising to 26.94% last year, compared with 25.55% a year earlier. Same-store sales ...
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