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• Supervalu Inc. said this morning that its first quarter sales were $12.7 billion, down from $13.3 billion during the same period a year ago, and net earnings of $113 million, down from $162 million a year ago.

According to the company press release, “First quarter retail food net sales were $9.9 billion compared to $10.3 billion last year, a decrease of 4.3 percent, primarily reflecting the impact of identical store sales of negative 3.2 percent and previously announced store closures. The identical store sales performance primarily results from a challenging economic environment, heightened competitive activity and additional investments in price and promotions … First quarter supply chain services net sales were $2.8 billion compared to $3.0 billion last year, a decrease of 6.2 percent, primarily reflecting the on going transition of Target Corporation volume to self-distribution.”

• Royal Ahold reports this morning that its second quarter revenue was the equivalent of $9.17 billion (US), up from $8.2 billion (US) during the same period a year ago.

The company said that same-store sales in its US divisions were up 1.7 percent at Stop & Shop, up 3.7 percent at Giant of Landover, and down 1.8 percent at Giant of Carlisle.

• Nash Finch said this morning that its second quarter net income was up 1.1 percent to $9.5 million. Q2 sales were up to $1.22 billion, from $1.02 billion during the same period a year ago. Same-store sales, according to the company, were up 1.9 percent, excluding an acquisition and the shift of Easter to the second quarter in 2009 from the first quarter in 2008.
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