UWG'S FIRST-QUARTER SALES INCREASE 17.2%

LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here said it experienced sales growth in each of its three marketing divisions during the first quarter ended Dec. 27, 2003, with additional growth in Southern California resulting from the strike-lockout there..Additional sales in Southern California came from increased revenues at members' stores resulting from the labor dispute involving Albertsons, Kroger-owned

LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here said it experienced sales growth in each of its three marketing divisions during the first quarter ended Dec. 27, 2003, with additional growth in Southern California resulting from the strike-lockout there.

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Additional sales in Southern California came from increased revenues at members' stores resulting from the labor dispute involving Albertsons, Kroger-owned Ralphs, and Safeway-owned Vons and Pavilions, the company noted.

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