CARTERET, N.J. -- Cost reductions and improvements in merchandising helped Pathmark Stores here report a quarterly profit for the first time in three years. The retailer, soon to be acquired by A&P, posted net income of $1.7 million on sales of $1.08 billion during the 14-week fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 3. Pathmark lost $14.6 million in the 13-week fourth quarter a year ago, and had not turned a quarterly profit since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. Sales for the quarter ...

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