WINN-DIXIE: COMPS WILL KEEP GOING UP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie Stores here said the company had better-than-expected comparable-store sales in the third quarter ended April 3, and that comps will remain positive in the fourth quarter and then keep rising between 1% and 2% in fiscal 2003.The company credited the rising comps to the introduction of a loyalty program at 450 Florida-area stores and the conversion of 28 conventional

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Winn-Dixie Stores here said the company had better-than-expected comparable-store sales in the third quarter ended April 3, and that comps will remain positive in the fourth quarter and then keep rising between 1% and 2% in fiscal 2003.

The company credited the rising comps to the introduction of a loyalty program at 450 Florida-area stores and the conversion of 28 conventional supermarkets in the Atlanta area to the limited-assortment SaveRight format.

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