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• Belgium-based Delhaize reports that its Q1 profit was up 14.5 percent to the equivalent of $151 million, even as sales dropped 0.5 percent to $6.4 billion (US). Same-store sales in Delhaize’s US operations (Hannaford, Food Lion, and Sweetbay) were up 4.1 percent.

• CVS/Caremark posted a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit, reporting that it was $408.9 million, compared with $329.6 million a year earlier. Revenue jumped 32.1 percent to $13.18 billion, on same-store sales that were up 7.5 percent.

The numbers includes sales generated by Albertsons' Osco and Sav-on drugstores that were acquired by CVS, as well as 10 days of operations at Caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager that CVS acquired on March 22.

• Stater Bros. Holdings reports second quarter profits of $13.5 million, up from $6.2 million a year earlier. Q2 sales rose slightly to $866.1 million from $863.8 million a year earlier, with same-store sales up 1.5 percent.

• The Arden Group, parent company of Gelson’s Supermarkets, reports first quarter earnings of $6.47 million, compared to $5.2 million during the same period a year ago. Q1 sales were $120.4 million, up from $118.05 million. Same-store sales were up two percent.
KC's View:
That sound you hear is executives at Gelson’s and Stater licking their chops, just waiting for another Southern California grocery strike that will send thousands more shoppers streaming into their stores.