MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P couldn't promote itself out of the recession. The retailer last week swore off its previous pricing practices, saying it chased too many vendor promotions providing too little return. Ineffective pricing programs — amid deflation and a sluggish economy — were at the heart of a 5.8% decline in comparable-store sales during the fiscal third quarter, officials said last week. The financial results for the quarter, which ended Dec. 5, included a loss of $560 million — ...

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