CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent company of Harris Teeter, also here, said sales for the 142-store supermarket chain increased 7% and same-store sales rose 4.8% for the third quarter ended July 2. The chain's operating profit for the 13-week quarter rose 14% to $11.8 million -- the result of increased sales and a more favorable product mix, the company said -- while operating profit for the nine months rose 17.9% to $32.3 million. Harris Teeter sales rose 7% to $432 million ...

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