Signaling a continued acceleration of its business turnaround, Albertson's, Inc. (NYSE:ABS) one of the world's largest food and drug retailers, today reported second quarter earnings that exceeded both company guidance and First Call consensus estimates. Sales in the quarter totaled almost $9.6 billion. Before restructuring and other charges diluted EPS were $0.45 and net earnings for the period totaled $184 million. Company guidance for EPS was at least $0.43 and First Call consensus was $0.44.