It's Good at the Top: Despite Shake Ups, Dynamics Still Favor Giants - Research Report on Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger's, SUPERVALU and Safeway
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For best results when printing this announcement, please click on the link below: http://pdf.reuters.com/pdfnews/pdfnews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130308:nPn3086461 NEW YORK, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM), The Fresh Market Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM), The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE: SVU) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below. Whole Foods Market, Inc. Research Report America's healthiest grocery store- Whole foods - has been named to the Ethisphere Institute's "World's Most Ethical Companies" list for the 5th time. Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods couldn't be any prouder, "The business practices of Whole Foods Market are based on our core values, such as caring about our communities and our environment," he said. "We're glad that this ranking reflects our conscious efforts to improve and sustain communities on both a local and global level. " The Full Research Report on Whole Foods Market, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/16a3_WFM] -- The Fresh Market Inc. Research Report It was a bountiful 2012 for The Fresh Market as it reports its Q4 and full year fiscal 2012 earnings. Craig Carlock, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Fiscal 2012 was a terrific year for The Fresh Market. We achieved record annual sales and earnings on comparable store sales growth of 5.7% and opened a record number of new stores." Despite a sudden slowdown in customer traffic during the holidays, the company also did well in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 15.3% to $369.9 million and comparable store sales increased 1.9%, compared to the corresponding thirteen week period ended January 29, 2012. Net income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $20.6 million, compared to $18.3 million in the corresponding thirteen week period in fiscal 2011. Since 1982, The Fresh Market has been providing the public "a fresh concept in grocery shopping". The Full Research Report on The Fresh Market Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/e087_TFM] -- The Kroger Co. Research Report Kroger's 136 -store strong Central Division welcomed the promotion of Jeff Burt as its new president. "In his 27-year career with Kroger, Jeff has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of our business," said Rodney McMullen, President and CEO of Kroger. "His enthusiasm, keen sense of the customer, and experience in merchandising and operations will be tremendous assets to the Central Division team." Mr. Burt began his career with Kroger in 1986 as a management trainee. He has held a variety of leadership positions with the company in Cincinnati, Florida, Indianapolis and Seattle, including store manager, produce merchandiser and vice president of merchandising and operations. In 2004, he was named corporate vice president of deli/bakery merchandising and procurement, before being promoted to his most recent role in 2010.The Full Research Report on The Kroger Co. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/dd5e_KR] -- SUPERVALU Inc. Research Report Newly installed SUPERVALU President and CEO, Sam Duncan, shakes up its executive and banner retail leadership teams. This move is part of the preparations to move forward with a focus on serving wholesale grocery operators, growing its hard discount format and running a smaller, more efficient retail operation following the close of its transaction with AB Acquisition LLC. Some of these changes include the appointments of Mark Van Buskirk, Rob Woseth and Steve Fox as executive vice-president, merchandising and marketing for SUPERVALU, executive vice-president, chief strategy officer and senior vice-president, food merchandising, respectively. The Full Research Report on SUPERVALU Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/899b_SVU] -- Safeway Inc. Research Report Safeway's just concluded 2013 investor conference marks another progressive year for one of North America's largest food and drug retailers. For 2013, Safeway initiated guidance for earnings per diluted share of $2.25 to $2.45, sales growth, operating profit margin change, capital expenditure of approximately $1 - 1.1 billion and free cash flow in a range of $0.85 - 0.95 billion. "We made progress in 2012 on a number of initiatives, which we believe helped achieve market share gains and positive volume in the U.S. As we move forward, just for U, fuel partnerships with Chevron and ExxonMobil, innovation in-store and in private label, as well as growth in Blackhawk and PDC should drive continued positive momentum," said Steve Burd, Chairman and CEO. The Full Research Report on Safeway Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/a015_SWY] -- Consider Investors Alliance Tired of hearing about the latest, greatest trade opportunity... only to realize that the ship has long sailed? You need a strong, informative community in your arsenal. Join the group that has been consistently identifying momentous situations as they develop - long before they become the next top news on major financial networks. Contact: Patricia Byers Email: press@ investors-alliance.com Main: +1-(408)-745-7826 SOURCE Investors-Alliance
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