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Online groceries are a hard sell, even to avid internet shoppers: poll

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK: Most US shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much Amazon.com’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business. Shares in Kroger, the largest US supermarket operator, have tumbled 40 percent from this year’s highs on worries that the newly merged company will be quick to siphon business from traditional food sellers. Seventy-five percent of online…