LAS VEGAS — To encourage consumer confidence, retailers must adopt an air of optimism about their businesses, despite the issues they must wrestle with behind the scenes, Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Unified Grocers, told a convention audience here. “We must recognize that the business community looks at things differently than the consuming public,” Plamann told a general session at last week's annual convention of the California Grocers ...

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