LOW CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IMPACTS SUPERVALU'S 3Q

MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu here said last week its third-quarter sales were impacted by weak confidence among low-income consumers.Sales for the 12-week quarter ended Dec. 4, 2004, fell 3.9% to $4.6 billion, and net income rose 33.6% to $64.9 million. For the 40 weeks, sales declined 1.4% to $15 billion, and net income rose 58.7% to $292.2 million."Our quarter reflected weak consumer sentiment as Americans

MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu here said last week its third-quarter sales were impacted by weak confidence among low-income consumers.

Sales for the 12-week quarter ended Dec. 4, 2004, fell 3.9% to $4.6 billion, and net income rose 33.6% to $64.9 million. For the 40 weeks, sales declined 1.4% to $15 billion, and net income rose 58.7% to $292.2 million.

"Our quarter reflected weak consumer sentiment as Americans were focused on the job market and fuel prices. While the small, higher

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