COST CONTROLS BOOST HANNAFORD EARNINGS

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here said efforts to control costs contributed to a 15.3% increase in net earnings for the year ended Jan. 1.totaled $54.6 million, an increase of 11%.Sales declined 0.5% for the year to $2.05 billion, and fell 4.5% in the fourth quarter to $516.3 million.On a comparable basis, or excluding an extra week in fiscal 1992 and the sales from 34 Wellby Super Drug stores

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. here said efforts to control costs contributed to a 15.3% increase in net earnings for the year ended Jan. 1.

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