RALPHS REPORTS LOSS, INCREASE IN VOLUME

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Grocery Co. here -- the new entity created by the June merger of Food 4 Less Supermarkets, La Habra, Calif., and Ralphs -- reported increased sales and a loss for the second quarter ended July 16. The company also disclosed that 26 of the 27 stores it was ordered to divest by the California attorney general have been sold, though several will continue to operate under their

COMPTON, Calif. -- Ralphs Grocery Co. here -- the new entity created by the June merger of Food 4 Less Supermarkets, La Habra, Calif., and Ralphs -- reported increased sales and a loss for the second quarter ended July 16. The company also disclosed that 26 of the 27 stores it was ordered to divest by the California attorney general have been sold, though several will continue to operate under their prior names for another few months. A spokesman declined to pinpoint the buyers, indicating on

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