BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here said an aggressive superstore expansion program contributed to increased sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended Jan. 28. Earnings for 12 weeks rose 19.1% to $22.4 million. Earnings reflected an extraordinary charge of $137,000 for deferred financing costs relating to the early retirement of debt.
fficer, succeeded the retiring Lewis G. Schaeneman Jr. as chairman during the quarter. Schaeneman remains a member of the board and chair