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April 28, 2011 08:59 ET

Equity Research on SUPERVALU Inc. and Safeway Inc. -- Grocery Stores Sector Battles With Food Costs and Declining Sales

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The Grocery Stores sector has had some major obstacles to overcome during the recession. Growing commodity costs have had a negative effect on food costs, inflating prices and often eating into store margins. This combined with declining consumer spending provided a challenging environment throughout the recession. As the economy begins to come out of its slump, companies have had varying degrees of success passing higher prices along to their customers. Get instant analyses of SUPERVALU Inc. and Safeway Inc. from live, real-time experts standing by at http://www.shinesroomonline.com/products-subscription.php?subscription=freetrial. There is no commitment to join.

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Many have used promotions to try and increase customer loyalty in an effort to combat the trend of customers moving to cheaper competitors. Safeway Inc., for example, is developing a program that customizes pricing to individual customers' shopping habits for this exact reason. Safeway Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at http://shinesroomonline.com/reports/April2811SafewayInc.(SWY)280411.php.

Generally speaking, sales increased for the sector during 2010. The industry saw approximately a 7.7% increase in sales, though this did not manifest among the top grocers where sales remained relatively flat. In fact, SUPERVALU INC. reported a 2.1% decrease in its fiscal Q4 earnings recently because of declining sales. Supervalu has struggled to compete with lower cost competitors in the sector like Safeway which have been more successful at navigating cost increases. SUPERVALU Inc. report is accessible for free by registering today at http://shinesroomonline.com/reports/April2811SUPERVALUInc.(SVU)280411.php.

If any optimism is to be taken from Supervalu's most recent earnings report, it is that profit actually fell less than originally anticipated, possibly signaling an end to the company's strife. Companies across the industry are hoping consumers will begin to spend more as the economy and unemployment continues to improve.

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