AMERICAN STORES SALES UP, PROFIT DOWN IN 4TH QUARTER

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said sales rose 10.9% for the quarter but slipped 0.3% for the year.dispute in Lucky Stores' northern California division. Earnings for fiscal 1995 included gains related to the sale of Star Market and 45 Acme units as well as charges related to the closure of facilities.Operating income increased 10.9% to $252.3 million for the quarter and 8.7% to $706.8

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said sales rose 10.9% for the quarter but slipped 0.3% for the year.

dispute in Lucky Stores' northern California division. Earnings for fiscal 1995 included gains related to the sale of Star Market and 45 Acme units as well as charges related to the closure of facilities.

Operating income increased 10.9% to $252.3 million for the quarter and 8.7% to $706.8 million for the year. Profits amounted to 5% of quarterly sales compared with

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