PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here is continuing to test a variety of nontraditional services to boost its customers' transaction size, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told the company's annual meeting here last week. Burd said Safeway is pursuing key growth strategies in several areas, including fuel stations, banking, e-commerce ventures and even the sale of patio furniture at selected stores for part of the year. Safeway operates what Burd called "a ...

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