BUTTREY VOLUME DECLINES IN FOURTH QUARTER

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13-week fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, 1997 decreased 2.2%, to $96.2 million, from $98.3 million for the 14-week fourth quarter ended Feb. 3, 1996. for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 27, 1996.Excluding the 14th week, comparable-store sales increased 1.1% despite a more aggressive competitive environment, the shortened holiday selling

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13-week fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, 1997 decreased 2.2%, to $96.2 million, from $98.3 million for the 14-week fourth quarter ended Feb. 3, 1996.

for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 27, 1996.

Excluding the 14th week, comparable-store sales increased 1.1% despite a more aggressive competitive environment, the shortened holiday selling period and the severity of this year's winter weather, the company sai

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