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Supervalu plunges nearly 50 percent

Shares of the Eden Praire-based grocery retailer fell to an all-time low Thursday following news late Wednesday the company is exploring options that include putting itself up for sale. Supervalu is the third largest grocery company in the country, but has not turned an annual profit in three years.
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Shares of the Eden Praire-based grocery retailer fell to an all-time low Thursday following news late Wednesday the company is exploring options that include putting itself up for sale. Supervalu is the third largest grocery company in the country, but has not turned an annual profit in three years.

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