PATHMARK POSTS PROFIT AS SALES FALL

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores here reported strong operating results, despite declining sales, for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Oct. 29. The company reported positive net income following losses a year ago, and operating earnings for the quarter rose to $44.1 million from $13.1 million. For the 39 weeks, operating earnings were $132.6 million, compared with $75.4 million a year ago.

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores here reported strong operating results, despite declining sales, for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Oct. 29. The company reported positive net income following losses a year ago, and operating earnings for the quarter rose to $44.1 million from $13.1 million. For the 39 weeks, operating earnings were $132.6 million, compared with $75.4 million a year ago. Operating cash flow for the quarter rose to $60.8 million, or 6% of sales, compared with $53.9 mi

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