Has the battle just begun? Traditional supermarkets appeared to gain some traffic at the expense of other channels of food retailing in 2009, but recent indications suggest Wal-Mart might be loading its guns for the next salvo in the war for a share of grocery spending. “Wal-Mart is lacing up the gloves as it prepares to step back into the ring and win the modern-day price war in food retail,” said Deborah Weinswig, an analyst with Citigroup, New York, in a report issued last week. ...

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