BUTTREY REPORTS SALES UP, PROFIT DOWN IN QUARTER, YEAR

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 31 increased 2.9% to $99.0 million from $96.2 million in the year-ago quarter. rey said.This was offset partially by a 0.2% reduction in comparable-store sales, which was attributed to competitive openings, a strike in the company's Kalispell market and deflation in certain key categories, officials said.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 31 increased 2.9% to $99.0 million from $96.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

rey said.

This was offset partially by a 0.2% reduction in comparable-store sales, which was attributed to competitive openings, a strike in the company's Kalispell market and deflation in certain key categories, officials said. Sales for the 52-week fiscal year increased 5.4% to $391.4 million, co

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