Skyrocketing costs are forcing eateries and supermarkets to choose between asking customers to pay more or eating the increases themselves.
Sales are lagging as shoppers develop a taste for home cooking and fresher items at the grocery store.
These stocks are in sectors whose historical returns have been solid anytime of year.
Investors are worried that grocery stores may be hit by a slump after Whole Foods reported disappointing earnings.
The company is struggling to deal with a broad decline in consumer spending.
The upscale grocer, which reports quarterly earnings Wednesday, has set a recent goal of having 1,200 locations.
The company concedes that the beverages 'did not resonate' with consumers.
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