PATHMARK CITES ECONOMY, PROMOTIONS IN 2Q LOSS

CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores here has reversed its sales decline, but at a price.Aggressive competition and a continuing inability to pass along commodity price increases led to a loss of $1.6 million, or 5 cents a share, for Pathmark's fiscal second quarter ended July 31, Eileen Scott, chief executive officer, said last week. Sales increased 1.6% to $1 billion and comp-store sales increased

CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores here has reversed its sales decline, but at a price.

Aggressive competition and a continuing inability to pass along commodity price increases led to a loss of $1.6 million, or 5 cents a share, for Pathmark's fiscal second quarter ended July 31, Eileen Scott, chief executive officer, said last week. Sales increased 1.6% to $1 billion and comp-store sales increased by 1.3% as Pathmark invested heavily in promotions to boost sales and protect marke

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