Boise, Idaho-based grocer Albertsons has raised its 2002 fiscal year EPS guidance from US$2.28 to US$2.31 per diluted share adjusted for goodwill. Albertsons reported that Q1 earnings met the high range of revised EPS guidance issued two weeks ago and also exceeded first call consensus. They totalled US$233m, a 19% increase over prior year, on sales of US$8.9bn. In the Q1 2001, earnings were US$198m on sales of US$9bn. Comparable store sales for the quarter on a continuing operations basis increased 1.4% while identical store sales on the same basis increased 0.8%.