CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ruddick Corp. here, parent company of Harris Teeter, Mathews, N.C., said increased promotional spending has resulted in "significant improvement" in comparable store sales for the third quarter to date. uddick president, said is "particularly gratifying, given the negative trending in comps experienced in the latter part of the second quarter. "Recent changes in promotional activities have obviously been successful, and while these expenses do impact margin percentages, ...

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