- The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) reported a third quarter loss of $25.1 million, compared with a loss of $30 million a year earlier.
Sales for the quarter rose to $2.5 billion, from $2.3 billion a year earlier. Same-store sales rose 1.2 percent.
- Target Corporation reported net retail sales for the five weeks ended January 3, 2004 that were up 9.9 percent to $7.737 billion from $7.038 billion for the same five-week period a year ago. Same-store sales were up 4.1 percent.
Sales at the company's Target stores were up 12.1 percent, which stood in stark contrast to sales declines at its Mervyn's and Marshall Field's chains.
- Carrefour reported that 2003 sales reached the equivalent of $100.6 billion (US), up six percent.
- Ahold reported annual sales that were the equivalent of $71.5 billion (US), down 10.5 percent from the previous year's sales.