SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here reported sales and earnings gains in the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Nov. 2.
. Sales for American's food store operations increased 2.9% to $3.3 billion, with same-store sales up 2.7%. Drugstore sales jumped 9% to $1.25 billion, with same-store sales up 6.3%.
For the 39-week period, total sales climbed 4.2% to $13.8 billion compared to $13.2 billion a year ago. Same-store sales rose 3.6%. Year-to-date sales for the food store ope