BUTTREY VOLUME, PROFIT UP IN QUARTER, 39 WEEKS

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13-week third quarter ended Nov. 1 increased 3.7% to $96.3 million, compared with $92.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Comparable-store sales were down 0.3% due to remodeling activity, the company said. year. Comparable-store sales increased 0.5%. Year-to-date, net income was $2.8 million, or 32 cents per share, an increase

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here said sales for the 13-week third quarter ended Nov. 1 increased 3.7% to $96.3 million, compared with $92.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Comparable-store sales were down 0.3% due to remodeling activity, the company said.

year. Comparable-store sales increased 0.5%. Year-to-date, net income was $2.8 million, or 32 cents per share, an increase of 13.4% compared with $2.5 million, or 29 cents per share, in 1996.

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