SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE ACROSS AMERICAN DIVISIONS

SALT LAKE CITY -- Same-store sales at American Stores Co. here were up in all divisions for the first quarter ended May 4 -- the highest quarterly comparable results since 1989's fourth quarter.d same-store sales would have risen 4.1%.Same-store sales in the eastern food operations rose 3.7% vs. a decline of 0.5% a year ago. Comparable sales in the western food operations rose 3.8% vs. a 2.1% drop

SALT LAKE CITY -- Same-store sales at American Stores Co. here were up in all divisions for the first quarter ended May 4 -- the highest quarterly comparable results since 1989's fourth quarter.

d same-store sales would have risen 4.1%.

Same-store sales in the eastern food operations rose 3.7% vs. a decline of 0.5% a year ago. Comparable sales in the western food operations rose 3.8% vs. a 2.1% drop a year before. Excluding the impact of the labor dispute, comp sales in the

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