SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here reported strong earnings for the second quarter of 1997, despite a dip in same-store sales and increased competition in the Southeast. 7 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with $48.6 million, or 10 cents per share, in the second quarter of 1996. The company said same-store sales declined 0.2% for the quarter. However, its net margin of 2.1% was above the industry average 1.2%. "I am proud to report that Food Lion has continued to maintain its leading ...

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