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Competition Heats Up Between Supermarkets And Specialty Stores In The Food Segment

August 20, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Traditional supermarkets are faced with increasingly fierce competition from smaller versions of big-box retailers, high-end independent gourmet grocers, and dollar stores for food shoppers in large urban centers in the United States. Wal-Mart Stores plans to open a Neighborhood Market at Los Angeles’ Chinatown neighborhood, while Target plans to launch several CityTarget stores in Los Angeles and other major cities. Other leading retailers are setting up food sections in some store branches. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasting food prices rising 2.5–3.5 percent in 2012 and 3–4 percent in 2013, some retailers are focusing on high-income consumers who are minimally affected by the economic slowdown, while others aim to attract budget-conscious shoppers who are always looking for the best deals.
KEVIN HARLIN, "Food Fight Pits Supermarkets Against Unlikley Foes", Investor's Business Daily, August 20, 2012, © Investor's Business Daily, Inc
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