Safeway Earnings Are a Mixed Bag


The video above is from Thursday's MarketFoolery podcast, featuring host Chris Hill and analysts Joe Magyer and Jason Moser. In this segment, the focus is on Safeway's (NYS: SWY) quarterly profits, which were released early yesterday. Earnings came in lower than the previous quarter, with shares down 3.5% as a result. While Safeway has paid a steady dividend, the guys expect that to end in a couple of years. Unlike Whole Foods (NAS: WFM) , Safeway has been watching its gross margins shrink, which spells long-term trouble for the company.

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