MINNEAPOLIS -- Supervalu here reported increased sales for the 12- and 40-week periods ended Dec. 3. However, the wholesaler posted a loss related to a previously-announced $244 million pre-tax charge it said it incurred to pay for its Supervalu Advantage program. 300 positions, to cover costs of the program. Sales were up 6.5% to $3.9 billion for the quarter, and 3.5% to $12.7 billion for 40 weeks. Same-store sales declined 1% for the quarter. Supervalu also recorded an after-tax credit ...

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