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Here are financial results for the Top 20 supermarket chains with public equity or public debt. Although reporting periods vary, the chart represents sales and operating income for the two quarters most closely paralleling the first six months of calendar 1997, plus same-store sales for the most recent quarter only. Comparisons are with the year-ago period.ions) (millions) (last qtr)1.Kroger Co. (c)

Here are financial results for the Top 20 supermarket chains with public equity or public debt. Although reporting periods vary, the chart represents sales and operating income for the two quarters most closely paralleling the first six months of calendar 1997, plus same-store sales for the most recent quarter only. Comparisons are with the year-ago period.

ions) (millions) (last qtr)

1.Kroger Co. (c) $12.4 +6.9% $645.4 +16.1% +3.2% 12/29 to 6/14

2.Safeway (a) $10.6

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