COMPETITIVE OPENINGS GROUND EAGLE

MILAN, Ill. -- Eagle Food Centers here has been battered by competitive openings for the last five quarters -- but the company has announced a big jump in capital expenditures as part of a plan to expand its market and sales volume.Chief Financial Officer Pat Plumley told the annual shareholders meeting here that sales were down 4.7% in fiscal 1997 to $967.1 million. Same-store sales declined 5.2%.

MILAN, Ill. -- Eagle Food Centers here has been battered by competitive openings for the last five quarters -- but the company has announced a big jump in capital expenditures as part of a plan to expand its market and sales volume.

Chief Financial Officer Pat Plumley told the annual shareholders meeting here that sales were down 4.7% in fiscal 1997 to $967.1 million. Same-store sales declined 5.2%. Core stores (defined as stores open for more than one year without a change in competi

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