AMERICAN STORES SCRIPTS RXS FOR GROWTH ROLE IN '98

NEW YORK -- Prescriptions will play a key role in American Stores' growth in 1998, said Vic Lund, the company's chairman and chief executive officer.Speaking here at the Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Food and Drug Retailing Conference, Lund said the company is looking to leverage its strength in the drug-store arena to drive sales in both food and nonfood categories this year.American Stores, Salt Lake

NEW YORK -- Prescriptions will play a key role in American Stores' growth in 1998, said Vic Lund, the company's chairman and chief executive officer.

Speaking here at the Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Food and Drug Retailing Conference, Lund said the company is looking to leverage its strength in the drug-store arena to drive sales in both food and nonfood categories this year.

American Stores, Salt Lake City, operates 805 food stores and 909 drug stores in 27 Northeastern,

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