SYDNEY, Australia -- Coles supermarkets continued to put on a strong performance in the first quarter of the year, boosting sales 7.4% to $1.8 billion. Dennis Eck, Coles chief executive officer, noted the six weeks leading up to Christmas will be crucial for the company's overall performance. "This is when our money gets made," he told reporters after releasing the results. "The company remains highly focused on cost efficiencies which should allow margins to be maintained for the full ...

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