Buoyed by an improving economy and an increase in merger-and-acquisition activity, food retailing stocks gained ground in the first half of 2013, with many outpacing the market overall and all showing at least some positive movement. Minneapolis-based Supervalu, which completed the sale of its largest traditional supermarket banners in March, was the industry leader in terms of percentage gain in the first six months, as its stock more than doubled, to $6.22 per share. It was followed by ...

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