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BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here reported higher sales and increased earnings on continuing operations for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Nov. 5.nd 3.5% for the year to date.Conventional stores, which represent 25% of the company's store base but only 13% to 14% of sales, saw a same-store sales decline of approximately 6%, Debra Levin, a securities analyst with Morgan Stanley, New York, indicated,

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here reported higher sales and increased earnings on continuing operations for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Nov. 5.

nd 3.5% for the year to date.

Conventional stores, which represent 25% of the company's store base but only 13% to 14% of sales, saw a same-store sales decline of approximately 6%, Debra Levin, a securities analyst with Morgan Stanley, New York, indicated, noting that the overall increase of 3.4% attests to the strength of

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