NEW YORK — Wall Street analysts believe a new wave of consolidation — most of it defensive in nature — will hit the industry, with Kroger Co. and possibly Cerberus likely to lead the way as buyers. “It’s like the nuclear bombs have dropped, and the industry is rebuilding as much as it can,” Andrew Wolf, managing director of BB&T Capital Markets, Boston, said, “so consolidation is definitely a defensive reaction, mainly by the ...

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