BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Quality Food Centers here said last week that its growth continued in the fourth quarter of 1997, with record sales, operating income and net earnings reported for the 16 and 52 weeks ended Dec. 27. ation. Sales for the year were $1.9 billion, a 133.2% increase over 1996, with same-store sales increasing 2.0%. Executive said the sales increase reflects QFC's March 1997 acquisition of Hughes Family Markets, and gains in QFC's Pacific Northwest base. QFC acquired two Food ...

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