COLUMBUS, Ohio — Supermarkets may see growth trends weaken this year if food inflation eases, a senior economist with TNS Retail Forward here said yesterday during a webinar on the sales outlook for 2008. According to Frank Badillo, supermarkets and drug stores benefited last year from inflation, "but those growth trends are likely to subside in 2008 as food inflation begins to subside, resulting in weaker same-store sales comparisons." However, supermarkets should benefit as more consumers ...

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