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ALBERTSON'S, Boise, Idaho, has been hit with another lawsuit alleging off-the-clock work -- this time by two former employees in New Mexico, who filed a class-action suit last week in District Court in Albuquerque. The suit is similar to actions filed against the chain at the federal level in Idaho and California and at the state level in Colorado, Florida and Washington. All the actions except those

ALBERTSON'S, Boise, Idaho, has been hit with another lawsuit alleging off-the-clock work -- this time by two former employees in New Mexico, who filed a class-action suit last week in District Court in Albuquerque. The suit is similar to actions filed against the chain at the federal level in Idaho and California and at the state level in Colorado, Florida and Washington. All the actions except those in Colorado and New Mexico are getting financial support from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Washington.

ore entrances, the company said.

AHOLD, Zaandam, Netherlands, said second-quarter net earnings rose 71% to $101.40 million (NLG 207.4 million). In the United States, sales increased 55.8% to $3.3 billion in the quarter.

PENN TRAFFIC, Syracuse, N.Y., said sales dropped 8.2% for the second quarter, to $773.9 million. Same-store sales declined 7.7% compared with the year-ago quarter.

AFFILIATED OF FLORIDA, the Tampa-based wholesaler, said it expects to complete a sales tabulation early this week, which will enable it to complete its merger with Associated Grocers of Florida, Miami. The merger has already been approved by Affiliated's creditors and Associated's shareholders. However, as a prerequisite for completing the process, Affiliated -- a $200 million company -- must formally verify that its volume totals at least $70 million.

JITNEY-JUNGLE STORES OF AMERICA,

Jackson, Miss., said it has entered into a definitive agreement with Supervalu Holdings, Minneapolis, to sell 10 stores to Supervalu, confirming a story in last week's SN. Jitney said the stores, located along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Florida, will be sold to accommodate concerns by the Federal Trade Commission about those stores in the pending acquisition by Jitney of Delchamps, Mobile, Ala.

THE ARIZONA FOOD MERCHANTS Association, Phoenix, will honor Bruce Everette, senior vice president of Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., and manager of the chain's Phoenix division, and Jerry Russell, account manager for the Southwest office of Mother's Cake & Cookie Co., Oakland, Calif., as retailer and supplier of the year at a dinner scheduled for Friday.

SMITH'S FOOD & DRUG CENTERS, Salt Lake City, merger into Fred Meyer Inc., Portland, Ore., is scheduled to be completed tomorrow, following votes by shareholders of both firms today.