PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway is well positioned to gain market share as the economy recovers, Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said at the company's annual analyst conference here last week. Safeway expects to benefit from its newly achieved price parity with other conventional operators; the updated condition of its asset base; its basic points of differentiation; and the vulnerability of some weaker competitors, executives pointed out. “We see the economy ...

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