Robust financial results in the second half of 2006 reflected the culmination of the industry's efforts to do a better job of merchandising, and the first half of this year should see a continuation of those positive trends, analysts told SN. The only potential threats to the upbeat outlook, they said, are a rise in some commodity prices and the tougher financial comparisons supermarkets will face. “The second half was phenomenal and shows the industry is alive and vibrant and growing,” ...

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