CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ruddick Corp., parent of the Harris Teeter chain based here, said Thursday that comparable-store sales at the regional banner were up 4.37% in the fiscal third quarter and 2.68% year-to-date. Harris Teeter's operating profits for the third quarter, which ended July 3, were up 17.5%, to $50.7 million, on an 8.1% increase in sales, to $1.1 billion. Through three quarters operating profits at the chain were up 10.2%, to $146 million. Although the company said gross margins ...
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