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The Los Angeles Times reports that Kroger-owned Ralphs seems to winning the price-competitive grocery store wars in Southern California, gaining a full market share point from the first quarter to the second quarter, to a 19.04 percent share of market.

Safeway-owned Vons is in second place, with a steady 14.78 percent market share. Third-place Supervalu-owned Albertsons is said to be showing the most slippage, dropping “by almost a third of a percentage point to 12.15% in the second quarter, and it lost nearly three-quarters of a percentage point for the first six months of the year,” the Times writes.

And, the paper reports, “Trader Joe's has gained about a tenth a percentage point over the last two quarters and is now the fourth-largest grocer in the region, with a 6.33% share. Stater Bros is No. 5 with 6.06%, a slight decline from the first quarter. After that, there is a big drop-off. Smart & Final is sixth with 3.23%, followed by Whole Foods at 3.1%, Superior Grocers at 2.87% and Wal-Mart Supercenters at 2.75%.”

The market share data was provided to the Times by the Shelby Report.
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