FOOD-SERVICE SALES FALL FOR SMART & FINAL

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week sales in its food-service segment fell in the weeks following Sept. 11.ed Oct. 7 the company experienced its 10th consecutive quarter of increased earnings since it launched a restructuring program in early 1999.The company attributed its increased earnings from store operations to strong sales growth and improved gross margins, the result of its marketing

LOS ANGELES -- Smart & Final here said last week sales in its food-service segment fell in the weeks following Sept. 11.

ed Oct. 7 the company experienced its 10th consecutive quarter of increased earnings since it launched a restructuring program in early 1999.

The company attributed its increased earnings from store operations to strong sales growth and improved gross margins, the result of its marketing and national purchasing programs, partially offset by increased uti

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