HANNAFORD BROS. REPORTING INCREASED SALES, EARNINGS

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here said sales and earnings increased, for better gross margin performance, particularly in its Southeast region, for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended Oct. 3.5 billion for the year to date, while comparable-store sales increased 1.6% for the quarter and 1.7% for the year to date.According to Hugh Farrington, president and chief executive officer, "Our

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here said sales and earnings increased, for better gross margin performance, particularly in its Southeast region, for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended Oct. 3.

5 billion for the year to date, while comparable-store sales increased 1.6% for the quarter and 1.7% for the year to date.

According to Hugh Farrington, president and chief executive officer, "Our third-quarter operating results were quite pleasing despite increased competit

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