Supermarkets suffered through a bleak period during the second half of 2009, and it may be a while before it's business as usual again. Looking at financial results for the top 10 supermarket chains with public equity or debt, there was little room for comfort: Overall sales fell 1.1% during the second half of the calendar year, compared with a 4.8% increase in the back end of 2009. Comparable-store sales for the group fell an average of 1% during the July-September period (compared ...

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