VONS POSTS WEEKLY SALES GAINS

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week sales at its Vons stores in Southern California have been improving sequentially week over week in the eight weeks since the four-and-a-half month strike-lockout there was settled in early March."We see sequential improvement as we move through the weeks, and it's consistent with the pattern we have seen in strikes of similarly significant duration,"

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week sales at its Vons stores in Southern California have been improving sequentially week over week in the eight weeks since the four-and-a-half month strike-lockout there was settled in early March.

"We see sequential improvement as we move through the weeks, and it's consistent with the pattern we have seen in strikes of similarly significant duration," Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told industry analysts d

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