HANNAFORD REPORTS SMALL SALES GAIN

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here said last week higher fuel prices in the Northeast , adverse weather and competition in the Southeast and a later Easter holiday resulted in a small sales gain and negative same-store sales for the first quarter ended April 1.s associated with Hannaford's pending merger with Delhaize America, Salisbury, N.C., the company said, with net income up 12.8%

SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here said last week higher fuel prices in the Northeast , adverse weather and competition in the Southeast and a later Easter holiday resulted in a small sales gain and negative same-store sales for the first quarter ended April 1.

s associated with Hannaford's pending merger with Delhaize America, Salisbury, N.C., the company said, with net income up 12.8% to $22.6 million, including $500 million in merger costs after taxes; excluding those c

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