NEW YORK — Supermarket stocks have finally started to catch up with the rest of the market, despite fears of a new price war with Wal-Mart and lingering economic uncertainty. After a dismal performance in 2009, the share prices of the “big three” — Kroger Co., Safeway and Supervalu — not only saw strong gains in the first quarter, but they also outpaced both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Minneapolis-based Supervalu leads the pack with a gain of about 30% ...

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