The following graph shows the annual sales for supermarkets and all trade groups. [...] The growth in 2004 was the third best growth rate in the last 13 years. [...] The graph shows the margins from 1999 through the first three quarters of 2004 (latest StatsCan data). [...] While food distributors continue to enjoy strong margins, the evidence suggests that the margins were not the result of price increases. [...] The following graph shows the Consumer Price Index for food from stores, restaurants and all items.
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