ARDEN GROUP SEES PROFITS RISE, GETS NEW CONTRACT

LOS ANGELES -- Arden Group here, parent of the 18-unit Gelson's Markets chain, said its fourth-quarter net income more than doubled, to $7.5 million, on a 79.2% increase in sales, to $186.2 million, which the company attributed primarily to the labor dispute that affected the major chains in Southern California.he three major chains, but workers late last month ratified a new agreement.A UFCW spokesman

LOS ANGELES -- Arden Group here, parent of the 18-unit Gelson's Markets chain, said its fourth-quarter net income more than doubled, to $7.5 million, on a 79.2% increase in sales, to $186.2 million, which the company attributed primarily to the labor dispute that affected the major chains in Southern California.

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