OAKLAND, Calif. -- Improved operations boosted Safeway here to sales and earnings increases for the year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. Net income for the year rose 94.4% to $239.7 million following an after-tax charge of $30.2 million related to a $54.9-million voluntary employee buyout in 1993 in the chain's Alberta, Canada, division that was recorded in the first half of the year. Sales for the year rose 2.6% to $15.6 billion, while same-store sales jumped 4.4% -- the eighth ...

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