Investors rewarded food-retailing companies that were well-positioned to cope with food-cost inflation, rising gas prices and the country's sluggish emergence from recession in the first half of 2011. Most of the food retailing and wholesaling stocks tracked by SN showed gains in the first half, and several outperformed the market overall, led by Whole Foods Market, Ruddick Corp., Winn-Dixie Stores, United Natural Foods Inc. and Spartan Stores. “Basically, the industry is recovering, ...

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