VONS PLACES FOCUS ON PRODUCTIVITY

ARCADIA, Calif. -- By concentrating on productivity improvements, Vons Cos. here is making "great progress" in its efforts to reverse negative trends of prior years, Larry Del Santo, chairman and chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here. Del Santo was named chairman immediately after the meeting, following the retirement of Roger E. Stangeland. Stangeland was

ARCADIA, Calif. -- By concentrating on productivity improvements, Vons Cos. here is making "great progress" in its efforts to reverse negative trends of prior years, Larry Del Santo, chairman and chief executive officer, told shareholders at the company's annual meeting here. Del Santo was named chairman immediately after the meeting, following the retirement of Roger E. Stangeland. Stangeland was named chairman emeritus of the company. He will remain a board member and become a consultant to

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