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BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here reported higher sales and increased earnings on continuing operations for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Nov. 5.nd 3.5% for the year to date.Conventional stores, which represent 25% of the company's store base but only 13% to 14% of sales, saw a same-store sales decline of approximately 6%, Debra Levin, a securities analyst with Morgan Stanley, New York, indicated,

BOSTON -- Stop & Shop Cos. here reported higher sales and increased earnings on continuing operations for the third quarter and 40 weeks ended Nov. 5.

nd 3.5% for the year to date.

Conventional stores, which represent 25% of the company's store base but only 13% to 14% of sales, saw a same-store sales decline of approximately 6%, Debra Levin, a securities analyst with Morgan Stanley, New York, indicated, noting that the overall increase of 3.4% attests to the strength of Stop & Shop's superstore format.

The company said earnings from continuing operations rose 35% for the quarter to $16.7 million and 34% for the year to date to $60.2 million.

Net income fell 29.9% for the quarter to $8.7 million and rose 47.5% for the 40 weeks to $50.5 million. Earnings for the quarter included an extraordinary net loss of $8.01 million, or 16 cents per share, representing the write-off of unamortized deferred financing costs related to bank financings that the company said have been replaced on more favorable terms.

Earnings for the year to date reflected an after-tax charge of $9.7 million, or 19 cents per share, including $8.01 million representing the deferred financing write-off for the quarter and $1.7 million representing premiums and write-offs of unamortized deferred financing costs related to the repurchase of high-interest debt. Stop & Shop operates 127 stores, including 96 superstores, in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.

3RD-QUARTER RESULTS

Qtr Ended 11/5/94 11/6/93

Sales $854.6 million $806.7 million

Change +5.9%

Same-store +3.4%

Net Income $8.7 million $12.4 million

Change -29.9%

Inc/Share 16 cents 24 cents

40 Weeks 1994 1993

Sales $2.9 billion $2.7 billion

Change +6.8%

Same-store +3.5%

Net Income $50.5 million $34.2 million

Change +47.5%

Inc/Share 97 cents 65 cents