SAFEWAY BOOSTS 2006 OUTLOOK

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Safeway here increased its earnings guidance for the year by 10 cents per share following strong financial results for the second quarter and first half that ended June 17."When you look at all the key metrics for the [second] quarter, every one had substantial improvement," Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call to

PLEASANTON, Calif. - Safeway here increased its earnings guidance for the year by 10 cents per share following strong financial results for the second quarter and first half that ended June 17.

"When you look at all the key metrics for the [second] quarter, every one had substantial improvement," Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call to discuss those results.

Burd said Safeway is boosting earnings guidance to a rang

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