"We were challenged by the economy," Peter Lynch, Winn-Dixiepresident and CEO, told the Florida Times-Union. "It's alittle bit of a setback but it's consistent with what's going on inAmerica."

Winn-Dixie reported a net loss of $8.1 million, or 15 cents perdiluted share, for the three months ended Sept. 16. The lossincluded an impairment charge of $3.5 million related to storeclosings.

Total sales for the quarter fell 2% to $1.6 billion, partly dueto six store closings in fiscal 2009. Identical store sales fell1.5% because of an absence of storm-related sales this year, aswell as a shift to generic pharmaceutical sales.

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