RALPHS LOSS TIED TO MERGER COST

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Grocery Co. here said its merger with Food 4 Less Holdings in June resulted in a sales increase for the third quarter ended Oct. 8, although merger-related costs led to a net loss for the period. Third-quarter results reflect the first full quarter of operations of the combined company; however, the company said the corresponding 12 weeks of 1994 include results for premerger

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Grocery Co. here said its merger with Food 4 Less Holdings in June resulted in a sales increase for the third quarter ended Oct. 8, although merger-related costs led to a net loss for the period. Third-quarter results reflect the first full quarter of operations of the combined company; however, the company said the corresponding 12 weeks of 1994 include results for premerger Food 4 Less operations only, so quarter-to-quarter comparisons are not meaningful. Sales

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