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April 26, 2012 11:00 am ET
Melissa C. Plaisance - Senior Vice President of Finance & Investor Relations
Steven A. Burd - Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Executive Committee
Robert L. Edwards - President and Chief Financial Officer
John Heinbockel - Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Research Division
Kenneth Goldman - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division
Charles X. Grom - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division
Edward J. Kelly - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division
Scott Andrew Mushkin - Jefferies & Company, Inc., Research Division
Meredith Adler - Barclays Capital, Research Division
Charles Edward Cerankosky - Northcoast Research
Karen F. Short - BMO Capital Markets U.S.
Colin Guheen - Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division
Deborah L. Weinswig - Citigroup Inc, Research Division
Andrew P. Wolf - BB&T Capital Markets, Research Division
Welcome to the Safeway First Quarter Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I will now turn the call over to Ms. Melissa Plaisance, Safeway's Senior Vice President of Finance. Please go ahead.
Melissa C. Plaisance
Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for Safeway's First Quarter Earnings Call. With me today are Steve Burd, our Chairman and CEO; and Robert Edwards, President and Chief Financial Officer.
Before I hand the call over to Steve, I'd like to remind you that management will make statements during this call that will include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal Securities laws. Forward-looking statements contain information about our future operating or financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to be materially different from those anticipated. However, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any such statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. For a list and description of those risks and uncertainties, please see our filings with the SEC.