QFC EARNINGS, SALES INCREASE

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Quality Food Centers here said net earnings and sales rose in the third quarter and nine months ended Sept. 7.rom $176.1 million last year. Same-store sales were up 3.4%.For the 36 weeks, net earnings rose 23% to $16.8 million from $13.7 million a year before. Sales in the 36 weeks climbed 11.5% to $547.2 million from $490.5 million. Same-store sales gained 2.1%.Quarterly sales

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Quality Food Centers here said net earnings and sales rose in the third quarter and nine months ended Sept. 7.

rom $176.1 million last year. Same-store sales were up 3.4%.

For the 36 weeks, net earnings rose 23% to $16.8 million from $13.7 million a year before. Sales in the 36 weeks climbed 11.5% to $547.2 million from $490.5 million. Same-store sales gained 2.1%.

Quarterly sales rises stemmed from strong sales at replacement units, and the additi

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