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  • Grocery stores sales in the US during June totaled $37.4 billion during June, 1.6 percent more than a year earlier according to estimates from the Census Bureau. First half sales for 2003 reached $223.7 billion or 2.7 percent more than a year earlier.

  • Marks & Spencer reported that first quarter food sales were up 8.1 percent, while same-store food sales for the period were up 5.1 percent.

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