SAFEWAY ENDS 9 YEARS OF SAME-STORE SALES GAINS

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week it expects to get back to leading the supermarket sector in terms of same-store sales following its first same-store sales decline in 38 consecutive quarters during the second quarter ended June 15.Comparable-store sales fell 0.4% for the 12-week quarter, while identical-store sales fell 1.1%, compared with the year-ago period.But Steve Burd, chairman

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week it expects to get back to leading the supermarket sector in terms of same-store sales following its first same-store sales decline in 38 consecutive quarters during the second quarter ended June 15.

Comparable-store sales fell 0.4% for the 12-week quarter, while identical-store sales fell 1.1%, compared with the year-ago period.

But Steve Burd, chairman and chief executive officer, said he expects sales to show steady improveme

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