Albertson's, Inc. (NYSE:ABS), one of the nation's largest food and drug retailing companies, yesterday reported sales of $9.5 billion and diluted earnings per share before merger-related costs of $0.60 for the thirteen-week quarter ended February 1, 2001. On a comparable thirteen-week basis, identical store sales were flat and comparable store sales (which include replacement stores) increased 0.3%. Total sales for the thirteen-week quarter decreased 3.6% when compared to last year's fourteen-week quarter. Total sales for the quarter increased 3.9% when compared on a thirteen-week basis to the same quarter last year and excluding sales from divested stores.