Merger Costs, Pension Withdrawal Widen Pathmark Loss

Merger-related costs and expenses associated with withdrawal from a multi-employer pension fund widened the quarterly loss for Pathmark Stores to $18.8 million in its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 4, the retailer said yesterday.

CARTERET, N.J. — Merger-related costs and expenses associated with withdrawal from a multi-employer pension fund widened the quarterly loss for Pathmark Stores to $18.8 million in its fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 4, the retailer here said yesterday. Pathmark reported a net loss of $8.8 million in the same period a year ago. Sales for the 13-week quarter decreased by 0.4% to $999 million, and same-store sales fell by 0.2%, Pathmark said. The loss included charges of $7.2 million related to

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