PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway here on Thursday said it returned to a profit in the fiscal fourth quarter after one-time charges in the year-ago period, although identical-store sales dipped 0.8%. Net income for the 16-week quarter, which ended Jan. 1, totaled $229.6 million, vs. a loss of $1.61 billion in the year-ago fourth quarter after a goodwill impairment charge of $1.97 billion. Sales in the recent quarter were up about 0.8%, to $12.8 billion, driven by higher fuel sales and a ...
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