This excerpt taken from the SWY 10-Q filed Oct 20, 2005.
Forward -Looking Statements
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements relate to, among other things, estimates of sales, identical store sales, comparable store sales, earnings, stock option expense, pension plan contributions, dividend payments on common stock, capital expenditures, performance of acquired companies, the valuation of Safeways investments, operating improvements, cost reductions, and obligations with respect to divested operations and are indicated by words or phrases such as continuing, on-going, expects, and similar words or phrases. These statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. The following are among the principal factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: general business and economic conditions in our operating regions, including the rate of inflation, consumer spending levels, population, employment and job growth in our markets; pricing pressures and competitive factors, which could include pricing strategies, store openings and remodels by our competitors; results of our programs to control or reduce costs, improve buying practices and control shrink; results of our programs to increase sales, including private-label sales, improvements in our perishable departments and our pricing and promotional programs; results of our programs to improve capital management; the capital investment in and financial results from our Lifestyle stores; the ability to integrate any companies we acquire and achieve operating improvements at those companies, including Dominicks and Randalls; changes in financial performance of our equity investments; increases in labor costs, including severance payments, and relations with union bargaining units representing our employees or employees of third-party operators of our distribution centers; the effects on operating performance of work stoppages that could occur in areas where certain collective bargaining agreements have expired or are on indefinite extensions or are scheduled to expire in the near future; performance in new business ventures; changes in state or federal legislation, regulation or judicial developments, including with respect to taxes; the cost and stability of power sources; opportunities or acquisitions that we pursue; the availability and timely delivery of perishables and other products; market valuation assumptions and internal projections of future operating results which affect the valuation of goodwill; the rate of return on our pension assets; and the availability and terms of financing. Consequently, actual events and results may vary significantly from those included in or contemplated or implied by such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information obtained after the date hereof and disclaims any obligation to do so. Additional information regarding these risks and uncertainties is contained in the Companys most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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