AMERICAN'S NET RISES ON DECLINE IN SALES

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said capital investments and re-engineering efforts helped boost sales from continuing operations and earnings for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended July 29. Net income for the 13-week quarter rose 7.1% to $73.9 million and 9.3% for the half to $127.8 million. Total sales fell 3.7% for the quarter to $4.5 billion and 4.5% for the half to $8.9 billion.

SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here said capital investments and re-engineering efforts helped boost sales from continuing operations and earnings for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended July 29. Net income for the 13-week quarter rose 7.1% to $73.9 million and 9.3% for the half to $127.8 million. Total sales fell 3.7% for the quarter to $4.5 billion and 4.5% for the half to $8.9 billion. In American's Eastern food operations, sales rose 0.5% for the quarter and fell 0.4% for the hal

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