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April 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Safeway Inc. rewarded its chief executive with a 2006 pay package valued at $11.5 million for leading the grocer to its highest profit in five years, according to an analysis of a regulatory filing. Steve Burd, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway's CEO for the last 14 years, received $2.64 million in nonequity incentives to supplement a $1.33-million salary and $212,298 in perquisites, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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December 13, 2006 | From Reuters
Safeway Inc. said Tuesday that plans including organic baby food and massive growth in its relatively unknown Blackhawk gift card unit should help increase long-term earnings per share by 12% to 15% and perhaps top Wall Street's expectations in 2007. The No. 3 U.S. grocer, which met with analysts and investors, also said it planned to spend $1.7 billion to open about 25 stores and remodel about 275 others next year. Shares of Safeway closed up 71 cents, or 2.2%, at $33.
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October 13, 2006 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Safeway Inc.'s effort to lure shoppers from upscale rivals such as Whole Foods Market appears to be paying dividends at the checkout counter. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based parent of the Vons and Pavilions grocery chains said Thursday that fiscal third-quarter profit jumped 42% as it continued to roll out stores based on its so-called lifestyle format, which features high-end meat and produce as well as design flourishes such as subdued lighting and earth-tone color schemes.
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July 11, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Safeway Inc. was dismissed Monday from an antitrust suit claiming that the company and two of its competitors used a mutual-aid agreement to lessen the effect of the supermarket labor dispute in Southern California that ended more than two years ago. Safeway's Vons unit, which operates some of the Southern California stores that were involved in the 4 1/2 -month dispute, is still a defendant in the lawsuit brought by California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer. U.S.
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December 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Vons parent Safeway Inc. said Wednesday that profit might rise as much as 15% next year as the grocery company benefited from remodeled stores. Earnings will probably climb to $1.55 to $1.65 a share, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway said in a statement. The company said comparable-store sales would increase about 3% in 2006, exceeding its forecast gain of as much as 2.8% this year. Safeway, the third-largest U.S.
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December 1, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday that a financial mutual-aid pact among the three grocery chains involved in the Southern and Central California labor dispute last year could be challenged on antitrust grounds, a spokesman for state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said. Lockyer filed a lawsuit alleging that the agreement -- under which the chains shared nearly $150 million to help one another during the strike and lockout -- violated U.S. antitrust laws.
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October 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Vons parent Safeway Inc. said Tuesday that third-quarter profit plunged 23% as the costs of shedding higher-paid workers in Northern California and closing 26 Texas stores overshadowed a sales upturn. The Pleasanton, Calif., company said it earned $122.5 million, or 27 cents a share, in the three months ended Sept. 10, compared with $159.2 million, or 35 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 7% to $8.95 billion. If not for after-tax charges of $47.
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September 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Safeway Inc. said Dean Ornish, the author of books such as "Eat More, Weigh Less," will help the company develop organic products and expand its ready-to-eat frozen offerings. Ornish will head Safeway's Advisory Council on Health and Nutrition, the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company said. Safeway, with a $100-million ad campaign, its largest ever, is trying to lure upscale customers from supermarkets such as Whole Foods Market Inc. and to keep discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at bay.
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July 27, 2005 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Safeway Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter profit fell 14% as the nation's third-largest grocer increased spending on promotion and store remodelings to boost sales. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company, which owns Vons and Pavilions, has been revamping its stores, offering more prepared foods, branded fresh meat and produce to lure affluent customers away from Whole Foods Market Inc. and to differentiate itself from discounters such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
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