PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway here said last week strong store operations and the pickup of sales in Alberta, Canada, after a 1997 strike, helped boost sales 6.4% for the second quarter ended June 20. ajority control of Safeway in 1986. Safeway said sales for the 12-week second quarter rose 6.4% to $5.6 billion and earnings jumped 48.7% to $193.2 million. Excluding replacement stores, identical-store sales were up 7.4%, while comparable-store sales rose 8% for the quarter. The company ...

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