PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway trimmed its corporate staff around the country last week in what some analysts said could be a reaction to competitive pressures and an increasingly difficult operating environment. Though industry estimates on the number of layoffs varied, trade sources told SN the total was close to 300, encompassing jobs at Safeway's main office here and “just a handful” of cuts, according to one observer, at the chain's offices in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, ...

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