SAFEWAY SALES, NET RISE DESPITE LABOR DISPUTES

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Despite two labor disputes during 1996, Safeway here said sales and earnings increased for the year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 28. arter, net income was up 35.5% to $151.6 million, while sales rose 6.2% to $5.5 billion and same-store sales increased 4.9% -- the 14th consecutive quarter that same-store sales increases have exceeded 3%, the company noted.The company said labor

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Despite two labor disputes during 1996, Safeway here said sales and earnings increased for the year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 28.

arter, net income was up 35.5% to $151.6 million, while sales rose 6.2% to $5.5 billion and same-store sales increased 4.9% -- the 14th consecutive quarter that same-store sales increases have exceeded 3%, the company noted.

The company said labor disputes during the year in Denver and Vancouver combined to reduce 1996 net

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