Stop & Shop Cos., Quincy, Mass., said the acquisitions of 55 Purity stores and 17 Melmarkets/Foodtown units in late 1995 helped boost sales 8% to $4.07 billion for the year and 17% to $1.06 billion for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 27. Same-store sales rose 1% for the year and 3% for the quarter. The company noted that 2% of the quarterly gain was due to heavy sales following record-breaking snowfalls. The company is expected to release earnings for the year and fourth quarter in early ...

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