ALBERTSONS STRUGGLES TO RECOVER SALES IN CALIFORNIA

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertsons here said last week it has been able to recover and retain "more of our business [in Southern California] than originally anticipated," although the residual effects of the 141-day strike-lockout there continued to have a negative impact on sales and earnings for the second quarter and first half ended July 29.Analysts contacted by SN expressed skepticism about Albertsons'

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertsons here said last week it has been able to recover and retain "more of our business [in Southern California] than originally anticipated," although the residual effects of the 141-day strike-lockout there continued to have a negative impact on sales and earnings for the second quarter and first half ended July 29.

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