STRIKE COMPARISONS SINK SALES, PROFITS AT ARDEN

LOS ANGELES -- Arden Group, parent company of the 18-unit Gelson's Markets chain here, said sales and earnings fell for the second quarter and first half ending July 2 as the chain went up against difficult comparisons resulting from the 141-day strike-lockout that affected shopping patterns in Southern California at the end of 2004 and through early 2005.However, it said overall sales are greater

LOS ANGELES -- Arden Group, parent company of the 18-unit Gelson's Markets chain here, said sales and earnings fell for the second quarter and first half ending July 2 as the chain went up against difficult comparisons resulting from the 141-day strike-lockout that affected shopping patterns in Southern California at the end of 2004 and through early 2005.

However, it said overall sales are greater than in comparable pre-strike periods "as the company has been successful in retaining

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