SUNBURY, Pa. — Tighter expense controls overcame a modest rise in sales and drove net income up by 82.4% to $16.6 million during the fiscal first quarter for Weis Markets here.
The 13-week period which ended March 29, lapped a difficult comparable quarter a year ago, when Weis battled fast-rising price inflation and saw earnings drop by 32.1%.
Sales in the quarter increased 1.8% to $606.2 million, and comparable-store sales increased by 1.6%.
Sales were adversely impacted by the Easter season falling entirely in the first quarter in 2008, the company said. The company posted the results in what it called a difficult sales environment, marked by high unemployment and low rates of consumer confidence.
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