PEAPOD'S SALES INCREASE, MARGINS IMPROVE

CHICAGO -- Peapod here said its conversion to centralized distribution centers is resulting in better margins and increased sales. And though Peapod continues to lose money, analysts were encouraged by its most recent quarter.Peapod reported sales for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31 increased 25.4% to $21.6 million, while sales for the year increased 5.6% to $73.1 million. The company reported a

CHICAGO -- Peapod here said its conversion to centralized distribution centers is resulting in better margins and increased sales. And though Peapod continues to lose money, analysts were encouraged by its most recent quarter.

Peapod reported sales for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31 increased 25.4% to $21.6 million, while sales for the year increased 5.6% to $73.1 million. The company reported a net loss of $9.1 million for the quarter and $28.5 million for the year. Peapod lost $2

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