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Ralphs on top in Southern California grocery market wars


New data show that Ralphs is winning the local grocery market wars.

The grocery chain, which has 185 stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties, had a 19.04% share of the market in the second quarter of the year, up almost a full percentage point from the first quarter, according to the Shelby Report, a research firm.

For a report on the price wars between the supermarkets, click here.

Albertsons continues to lose the most business among the large chains. Its market share slide by almost one-third of a percentage point, to 12.15%, in the second quarter, and it lost nearly three-quarters of a point for the first six months of the year.

Vons has held steady at a 14.78% share.

Trader Joe's has gained about a tenth a 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%

-- Jerry Hirsch 


Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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