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  • Safeway Inc. reported first quarter earnings of $43.1 million, down from $162.6 million during the same period a year ago. The company also reported that first-quarter sales fell five percent to $7.6 billion from $8 billion.

    Safeway management attributed the declines to the impact from the four-month labor strike in Southern California.

    However, excluding stores involved in the dispute, same-store sales for the period were down 1.3 percent.

  • Publix reports that first quarter sales reached $4.7 billion, an 8.2 percent increase over the first quarter of 2003. Same-store sales were up three percent.

    Earnings for the period reached $203.4 million, up from $187.1 million a year ago.

  • Whole Foods reported net income of $35.3 million for the fiscal second quarter ended April 11, up from profit of $25.6 million in the same period last year. Sales climbed 24 percent to $902.1 million from $725.1 million. Same-store sales rose 17 percent.

  • Rite Aid Corporation reported that for the four weeks ended April 24, 2004, same store sales rose 5.4 percent over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period rose 4.9 percent to $1.305 billion compared to $1.244 billion for the same period last year./LI>

  • Walgreen Co. reported April sales were $3.18 billion, up 14.9 percent. April pharmacy sales climbed 17.2 percent overall, while same-store pharmacy sales rose 13.2 percent.

    Same store sales were up 10.3 percent.

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