AMERICAN STORES VOLUME GAINS IN QUARTER, 26 WEEKS

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said sales in its drug-store division helped boost overall sales for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended Aug. 2. .3% for the half.The company said sales at its food stores rose 0.1% for the quarter to $3.4 billion and 0.4% for the half to $6.7 billion, while drug-store sales were up 10.6% for the quarter to $1.4 billion and 11% for the half to $2.8 billion.Same-store

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said sales in its drug-store division helped boost overall sales for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended Aug. 2.

.3% for the half.

The company said sales at its food stores rose 0.1% for the quarter to $3.4 billion and 0.4% for the half to $6.7 billion, while drug-store sales were up 10.6% for the quarter to $1.4 billion and 11% for the half to $2.8 billion.

Same-store sales at American's Eastern food operations fell 1.3%

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