PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week it will focus on "basic blocking and tackling" in the wake of negative same-store sales and an earnings shortfall for the second quarter ended June 15. Same-store sales for the quarter will decline 1.1% -- the company's first comp-store decline in 38 quarters -- and earnings per share before one-time charges will be 71 to 73 cents, 5% to 8% below consensus estimates of 77 cents, the company said. "But you can be sure we will try to make ...

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