If the overall U.S. economy is improving — as a resurgent stock market seems to suggest — signs of that recovery have yet to appear in the aisles of grocery stores. Citing continued uncertainty from consumers, along with a sales-growth headwind in the form of product-price deflation — analysts are expecting to hear grim news from food retailers reviewing the fiscal third quarter in the coming weeks. And although most major stock indexes have seen improvement this year, a recovery among ...

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