SAFEWAY SALES, EARNINGS RISE IN QUARTER, 36 WEEKS

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said strong store operations helped boost sales and earnings for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended Sept. 12. .8% for the quarter; the company said it does not calculate comp sales for the year to date.Net income rose 115% to $193.7 million for the quarter and $61.1% to $551.7 million for the first three quarters.The company said net income for the prior year was

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said strong store operations helped boost sales and earnings for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended Sept. 12.

.8% for the quarter; the company said it does not calculate comp sales for the year to date.

Net income rose 115% to $193.7 million for the quarter and $61.1% to $551.7 million for the first three quarters.

The company said net income for the prior year was affected by an extraordinary loss related to early retirement of d

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