MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu slowed the pace of its sales declines in the first quarter and delivered better bottom-line results than anticipated as pricing and operations initiatives began to take hold at the beleaguered retailer. Although identical-store sales at Supervalu’s retail and Save-A-Lot divisions declined during the quarter, Sam Duncan, chief executive officer, emphasized that the declines improved sequentially from the fourth quarter. ID sales at retail stores, down ...

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