MATTHEWS, N.C. — Comparable-store sales at Harris Teeter were down 0.14% in the recently ended fiscal fourth quarter, parent company Ruddick Corp. here said Thursday, but overall sales and operating profits at the chain improved. The slight decline in comps for the 14-week period, which ended Oct. 3, was an improvement over 0.7% declines in the third quarter. The company attributed the negative comps to retail price deflation driven by promotional activity, as well as "changes in customer ...

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