BUTTREY'S SALES DROP AS NET RISES

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here reported increased earnings and decreased sales for the second quarter ended July 30.lf included an extraordinary charge.)Sales for the quarter fell 6.9% to $104.2 million and 7.5% for the half to $202.4 million. Same-store sales declined 5.5% for the quarter and 6.2% for the half.Excluding six Washington stores the company sold in July to

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Buttrey Food & Drug Stores Co. here reported increased earnings and decreased sales for the second quarter ended July 30.

lf included an extraordinary charge.)

Sales for the quarter fell 6.9% to $104.2 million and 7.5% for the half to $202.4 million. Same-store sales declined 5.5% for the quarter and 6.2% for the half.

Excluding six Washington stores the company sold in July to Associated Grocers, Seattle, same-store sales fell 4.5% for the

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