( SVU ) have not been able to fight off declining sales, and as grocery stores and drugstores become more competitive, the nearly century-old retailer continues to struggle. Peter Lynch Chart of SVU The deflationary environment for groceries has not helped either . Coming into the July 27 fiscal first quarter earnings report, SUPERVALU investors didn’t have much hope that the company could turn things around, but many wonder when and if the stock will hit zero. Let’s take a look at what SUPERVALU told investors and if it was able to change the hearts of its shareholders. Stats on SUPERVALU Expected 5-Year Annualized Growth Rate (1.98%) Source: Yahoo! Finance What’s ahead for SUPERVALU? In recent months, investors have mixed views on what SUPERVALU has done so far: Talk of a possible spinoff of Save-A-Lot, landing the Fresh Market ( TFM ) supplier deal, and acquiring 22 Food Lion grocery stores. The stock is up 12.24% in the last six months SUPERVALU ‘s fiscal first-quarter results at the end of July again showed a grim picture for the retailer. The company posted a disappointing 3.9% decline in sales, which was not as bad as the 10% decline in revenue in the fourth fiscal quarter. Cost deflation was at or around 5% during the quarter.
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