KROGER CO. IS STILL IN the driver's seat in the Motor City, but the combination of the weak economy and a host of strong independents is making the company work hard to keep it. The Cincinnati-based retailer amassed No. 1 market share of 27.8% in Detroit last year, according to the latest edition of Metro Market Studies, Tucson, Ariz., up 0.2% over year-ago levels. Costco Wholesale, Issaquah, Wash., and Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., both gained share in the past year — to 9.3% and ...

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