CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores here said last week it has signed a confidentiality agreement with Big V Supermarkets and begun due diligence in pursuit of acquiring the 38-store chain. However, it's still too early to determine the ultimate outcome, Jim Donald, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said during a conference call with industry analysts to discuss Pathmark's financial results for the second quarter ended Aug. 4. "We are actively investigating a potential ...

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