Boosted by acquisitions, new-store development, inflation and same-store sales growth, this year's SN Top 75 posted $830.19 billion in sales, up about 4.26% over the year-ago total of $796.29 billion. That figure is only slightly more than the 3%-4% food-price inflation supermarket operators said they passed along in 2007, but it still reflects the overall strength of food retailing as consumers seemed to cut back more on restaurant spending and eat more meals at home, despite the higher ...

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