MOBILE, Ala. -- Delchamps here said sales fell more than 6% and merger costs resulted in an earnings loss for the first quarter ended Sept. 27. lowing a tender offer. The deal is expected to close within 30 days, as Jitney seeks to buy up the remaining Delchamps stock. For the 13-week quarter, sales fell 6.1% to $272 million and same-store sales declined 6.3%. The company said it had a net loss for the quarter of $1.03 million, which included a charge of $3.5 million for merger expenses. ...

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