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What the drop in Publix stock price says about the grocery industry


Alexis Muellner

Publix in Lakeland

Challenges in the grocery industry pushed the stock price of Publix Super Markets Inc. down, despite strong performance in the second quarter of 2015.

The company’s stock price dipped from $42.10 a share to $42 a share, effective Aug. 1, even though sales and profits were up for 2Q and the first half of 2015, the Lakeland-based grocer said in an earnings release.

Although the stock is not publicly traded and available only to...