FOOD LION EARNINGS RISE IN YEAR; MARKETING CITED

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here said its expansion and remodeling program, coupled with an aggressive marketing campaign, boosted earnings for the year ended Jan. 2.or the 16-week fourth quarter, sales decreased 1.9% to $3.2 billion while same-store sales rose 3.7%. Net earnings for the quarter rose 3.31% to $84.5 million, the company said.Food Lion said 1998 earnings figures were adjusted to reflect

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here said its expansion and remodeling program, coupled with an aggressive marketing campaign, boosted earnings for the year ended Jan. 2.

or the 16-week fourth quarter, sales decreased 1.9% to $3.2 billion while same-store sales rose 3.7%. Net earnings for the quarter rose 3.31% to $84.5 million, the company said.

Food Lion said 1998 earnings figures were adjusted to reflect a tax refund and related interest income following an audit and changes i

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