ALBERTSON'S ACQUISITIONS CITED FOR NET, SALES HIKE

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's here said the addition of 73 acquired stores and a stronger emphasis on meeting customers' needs helped boost sales and earnings for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Oct. 29. 39 weeks.The company said net income increased 11.6% for the quarter to $137.7 million and 10.1% to $376.8 million for the 39 weeks.Craig Olson, senior vice president of finance and chief financial

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's here said the addition of 73 acquired stores and a stronger emphasis on meeting customers' needs helped boost sales and earnings for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Oct. 29.

39 weeks.

The company said net income increased 11.6% for the quarter to $137.7 million and 10.1% to $376.8 million for the 39 weeks.

Craig Olson, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, said Albertson's concentrated "on growing our sales thr

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