STRIKE ADDS TO SAFEWAY LOSS

PLEASANTON, Calif.. -- The 18-week-old strike against Safeway in Southern California cost the chain $103 million during its first 84 days, or 35% of the company's total loss, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told financial analysts last week -- an expense he said he believes is in the best interests of shareholders and employees in the long run."I'm absolutely comfortable

PLEASANTON, Calif.. -- The 18-week-old strike against Safeway in Southern California cost the chain $103 million during its first 84 days, or 35% of the company's total loss, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told financial analysts last week -- an expense he said he believes is in the best interests of shareholders and employees in the long run.

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