MONTVALE, N.J. — A skittish market punished A&P for what analysts termed a “noisy” and “poorly communicated” quarterly earnings report — but not an altogether bad one. Stock in the retailer plummeted by more than 25% after A&P reported a greater net loss and lower EBITDA than analysts had expected, and acknowledged making a $5 million glitch in transitioning merchandising functions from Pathmark to A&P. Those items appeared to obscure the fact that sales improved by 3.2% overall ...

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