CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent company of Harris Teeter, Matthews, N.C., said good values, excellent customer service and ongoing promotions helped boost sales and operating profits for the second quarter and first half ended March 30. prior quarters -- gains it said were partially offset by the closing of older stores -- and to the increase in comp-store sales. Operating profits rose 7.8% to $23.7 million for the quarter and 8.3% to $42.6 million for the half, which the ...

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