SALT LAKE CITY -- When American Stores Co. here closes its merger with Albertson's, Boise, Idaho, 18% of its 121,000 work force will not be making the trip north, the company said. In a recent conference call with analysts to discuss its results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 30, American said nearly 22,000 corporate staffers have already left the company in anticipation of the merger. The combined company is to be headquartered in Boise. Albertson's has already begun ...

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