MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch Co. here said last week its retail business continued to show continued strong growth in the 16-week third quarter ended Oct.7. In the period, retail revenues rose 9.9% to $322 million, and retail profits jumped 47% to $10.3 million. Same-store sales increased 2% for the quarter and 0.7% for the year. Revenue from the company's food distribution segment, however, declined. Nash Finch attributed the fall-off to recycling against distribution centers closed in 1999, ...

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