METRO-RICHELIEU VOLUME, NET UP IN THIRD QUARTER, 40 WEEKS

MONTREAL -- Metro-Richelieu here said sales and earnings increased for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended July 5. Net income rose 7.1% to $15.2 million (U.S., at a rate of $1 U.S. = $1.38 Canadian) for the 16-week quarter and 7.9% to $36.7 million for the year to date. Sales rose 5.1% to $776.7 million for the quarter and 5.4% to $1.9 billion for the 40 weeks. tr Ended 7/5/97 7/6/96Sales $776.7

MONTREAL -- Metro-Richelieu here said sales and earnings increased for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended July 5. Net income rose 7.1% to $15.2 million (U.S., at a rate of $1 U.S. = $1.38 Canadian) for the 16-week quarter and 7.9% to $36.7 million for the year to date. Sales rose 5.1% to $776.7 million for the quarter and 5.4% to $1.9 billion for the 40 weeks.

tr Ended 7/5/97 7/6/96

Sales $776.7 million $739.4 million

Change + 5.1%

Net Income $15.2 m

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