CARTERET, N.J. — Charges related to its pending merger with A&P contributed to a loss of $8.5 million during the first quarter for Pathmark Stores here, the retailer said Wednesday. Pathmark reported pre-tax expenses of $5.2 million related to the proposed merger with A&P, Montvale, N.J. That deal, which was announced in March, is expected to close later this year. Pathmark also incurred expenses of $4.2 million related to labor buyouts during the 13-week period, which ended May 5. ...

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