LAKELAND, Fla. — A tough economy contributed to declines in comparable-store sales and earning during the fiscal first quarter for Publix Super Markets, the retailer said Friday. Overall quarterly sales of $6.4 billion increased 2.2% form the same period last year but comps decreased 2.8%. Net earnings of $321.5 million were down 6.4%. Publix stock, which is available only to employees and directors, was decreased to $15.55 per share from $16, according to an appraiser. “The economy ...
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