BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Quality Food Centers here said store acquisitions and an extended fiscal year boosted sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31.
net earnings for the 45-store chain were $26.4 million, or $1.34 per share, a 1.5% gain over last year.
Sales for the quarter increased 17.5% to $192.2 million. For the year, sales rose 11.1% to $575.9 million.
Same-store sales rose 0.08% for the quarter, but fell 0.5% for the year. QFC attributed the