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.

Analysts contacted by SN expressed skepticism about Albertsons' ability to win back some of the business it has lost and said further sales pressures

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