BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's here continues to ring up some of the strongest financial results of any of the major supermarket operators. Albertson's, the fourth-largest food and drug chain in the nation, last week reported a 23.5% increase in net income in the second quarter ended Aug. 4. That caps a strong first half in which Albertson's net earnings grew 15% and volume advanced 7.5%. The chain attributed the quarter's strong earnings performance to increased sales, which were up 7.9%, ...

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