US supermarket retailer Winn-Dixie Stores has announced that the company's shareholders have elected H. Jay Skelton as the new chairman.

Skelton, president and chief executive officer of DDI, succeeds A. Dano Davis, who decided to retire from Winn-Dixie's board of directors after more than 35 years with the company.

This week the company reported a net loss of US$153.1m, or $1.09 per share, for the first quarter to 22 September, compared to net earnings of $1.2m, or 1 cent per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2004. Net sales were $2.34bn, compared to $2.42bn a year earlier.