STRIKE SKEWS COMP-STORE FIGURES

It was a comparatively tough second half -- literally.ity or debt improved over a year ago -- climbing an average of 2.5% for the second half of the calendar year -- while operating profits for the group dived 53.2% from the second half of 2002, according to published reports and SN research.Looking at comparable-store sales was an iffy proposition, however, because of the impact of the strike-lockout

It was a comparatively tough second half -- literally.

ity or debt improved over a year ago -- climbing an average of 2.5% for the second half of the calendar year -- while operating profits for the group dived 53.2% from the second half of 2002, according to published reports and SN research.

Looking at comparable-store sales was an iffy proposition, however, because of the impact of the strike-lockout in Southern California on several chains' results.

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