US supermarket chain The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co (A&P) has posted a fourth-quarter loss on flat sales, compared to a year-earlier profit.

The New Jersey-based retailer reported a loss of US$21m for the fourth quarter to 22 February, compared with earnings of $20.4m a year earlier.

A&P’s revenue for the quarter was $2.52bn, compared with $2.51bn in the fourth quarter of the previous year, reported AP Online.

The company said its “ongoing” operating loss was 97 cents a share for the fourth quarter, compared to an operating profit of 23 cents a share in the year-ago period.

A&P said it has cut costs and started to sell some assets in a bid to stop the decline of its results.

For its full fiscal year A&P recorded a net loss of $193.5m, on revenue of $10.79bn, compared with a net loss of $71.9m for the previous year, on revenue of $10.97bn.