Integration Costs Widen A&P 4Q Loss

A 3% rise in comparable-store sales — including the best quarter at Pathmark in more than three years — helped lift fourth-quarter sales at A&P here to $2.2 billion but expenses in integrating the newly acquired Pathmark stores accelerated net losses to $61.5 million.

MONTVALE, N.J. — A 3% rise in comparable-store sales — including the best quarter at Pathmark in more than three years — helped lift fourth-quarter sales at A&P here to $2.2 billion but expenses in integrating the newly acquired Pathmark stores accelerated net losses to $61.5 million. Officials attributed the 1.5% comparable-store sales increase at Pathmark — its best in 15 quarters, one analyst said — to a more aggressive pricing stance. A&P, as reported previously by SN, will roll o

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