Safeway Posts Q1 Sales Gains

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway last week said higher fuel prices fueled sales and earnings during the first quarter, although net income was hit by some one-time charges. When fuel prices go up, we have the cheapest price compared with branded companies, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call. And when you add in promotional programs that reduce

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway last week said higher fuel prices fueled sales and earnings during the first quarter, although net income was hit by some one-time charges.

“When fuel prices go up, we have the cheapest price compared with branded companies,” Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told analysts during a conference call. “And when you add in promotional programs that reduce the p

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