PATHMARK EXPECTS NO BOOST FROM ECONOMY

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Pathmark Stores does not anticipate a pickup in the economy during 2004, Frank Vitrano, president and chief financial officer of the Carteret, N.J.-based chain, told an investors conference here."There's been a lot of discussion about a recovering economy, but we haven't seen any changes in consumer behavior, and therefore we anticipate the economic environment will remain

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Pathmark Stores does not anticipate a pickup in the economy during 2004, Frank Vitrano, president and chief financial officer of the Carteret, N.J.-based chain, told an investors conference here.

"There's been a lot of discussion about a recovering economy, but we haven't seen any changes in consumer behavior, and therefore we anticipate the economic environment will remain unchanged [in 2004]," Vitrano told the Consumer and Industrial Growth Conference 2004,

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