DISTRIBUTION CHALLENGES AFFECT SMART & FINAL IN 3RD QUARTER

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week it believes it has its distribution challenges under control and expects improved results in 2006.Etienne Snollaerts, president and chief executive officer, said the company's third-quarter sales were adversely affected by implementation of new distribution software that affected in-stock conditions. "We could have done better, but we fell short keeping

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week it believes it has its distribution challenges under control and expects improved results in 2006.

Etienne Snollaerts, president and chief executive officer, said the company's third-quarter sales were adversely affected by implementation of new distribution software that affected in-stock conditions. "We could have done better, but we fell short keeping the stores as well-stocked as we would have liked," he told analysts in a confe

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