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  • Harris Teeter reported that its fourth quarter sales rose 14.0 percent to $689.9 million from $605.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. For the just completed fiscal year, sales were $2.87 billion, 5.3 percent above the $2.72 billion for the prior fiscal year. Same-store sales were up 4.93 percent for the fourth quarter and up 2.97 percent for the year.

    Operating profit at Harris Teeter increased by 15.9 percent to $28.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 as compared to $24.4 million in the prior year period. For fiscal 2004, operating profit was $104.4 million, an increase of 11.5 percent from $93.6 million in the prior year period.


  • Wild Oats Markets announced that its third quarter net sales increased 5.8 percent to $250.7 million, compared to $237.0 million in the third quarter of 2003. Net sales for the first nine months of 2004 were $766.2 million, which is a 7.1 percent increase compared to net sales of $715.3 million in the first nine months of 2003.

    Wild Oats reported a net loss of $6.1 million in the third quarter of 2004, compared with a net loss of $861,000 in the same period last year. And, it reported a net loss of $3.3 million for the first nine months of 2004 compared with net income of $2.8 million in the first nine months of 2003.


  • Fresh Brands, Inc. reported that its net sales for the third quarter of 2004 were $154.3 million, an increase of $14.7 million, or 10.5 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2003. Third quarter income from continuing operations was $0.6 million compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2003.


  • Family Dollar Stores Inc. reported that October sales rose 8.8 percent to $411.7 million.


  • CVS reported third quarter profit of $184.6 million, down from $187.8 million in the year-ago period. CVS said the acquisition of Eckerd from J.C. Penney Co. was responsible for the decline in profit.

    Net sales at the company were $7.91 billion, up from $6.38 billion in last year's third quarter, reflecting the Eckerd's acquisition. Same-store sales for the period were up 5.2 percent.


  • Target Corp. reported that October total sales increased 11.2 percent to $10.62 billion. Year-to-date same-store sales were up 5.2 percent, as total sales grew 11.9 percent to $30.81 billion. October same-store sales were up six percent.


  • Third-quarter sales at Drugstore.com Inc. increased 41 percent to $84.3 million from the same period a year ago, while the quarterly net loss was $6.4 million vs. $6 million a year earlier.


  • Longs Drug Stores Corporation reported preliminary total sales for October of $334.3 million for the four-week period ended October 28, 2004, a 1.4 percent decrease from sales of $338.9 million in the comparable period a year ago.

    Preliminary quarter-to-date total sales of $1.10 billion for the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2004, were 1.3 percent higher than the $1.09 billion reported in the comparable period last year.

    Preliminary year-to-date total sales of $3.41 billion for the 39 weeks ended October 28, 2004 were 3.4 percent higher than the $3.30 billion reported in the comparable period last year.

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