SALT LAKE CITY -- American Stores Co. here reported sales and earnings gains in the third quarter and 39 weeks ended Nov. 2. . Sales for American's food store operations increased 2.9% to $3.3 billion, with same-store sales up 2.7%. Drugstore sales jumped 9% to $1.25 billion, with same-store sales up 6.3%. For the 39-week period, total sales climbed 4.2% to $13.8 billion compared to $13.2 billion a year ago. Same-store sales rose 3.6%. Year-to-date sales for the food store operations were ...

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