POWER-PACKED MERGERS IN THE SUPERMARKET INDUSTRY HAVE GENERATED SOME EXPLOSIVE CHANGES IN SN'S TOP 75 LIST

Number of Sales Stores in billions

Rank Company Top ExecutiveOwned End of Fiscal Year

1. Kroger Co. Joseph A. Pichler1,35626.5 e

Cincinnatichairman, CEO12/31/97

2.Wal-Mart

SupercentersNick White43625.0 e(A)

Bentonville, Ark.exec. VP, supercenters1/31/98

3.SafewaySteven Burd1,36722.4 e

Pleasanton, Calif.president, CEO1/3/98

4.American Stores Co.Victor L. Lund1,54119.2 e(B)

Salt Lake

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