LITIGATION CHARGE REDUCES FLEMING QUARTERLY EARNINGS

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Due to a one-time litigation charge and other expenses, net earnings at Fleming Cos. here fell for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 5.a $20 million one-time charge related to the settlement in the Premium Sales diversion case -- offset in part by a change in the disposition value for divested stores and other items -- net earnings would have been $7.1 million (19 cents a

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Due to a one-time litigation charge and other expenses, net earnings at Fleming Cos. here fell for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Oct. 5.

a $20 million one-time charge related to the settlement in the Premium Sales diversion case -- offset in part by a change in the disposition value for divested stores and other items -- net earnings would have been $7.1 million (19 cents a share) for the quarter, according to Fleming.

For the 40 weeks, net income slipp

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