MONTREAL -- Metro here said the positive impact of centralized purchasing, investments in new technology systems and improved productivity helped boost earnings for the second quarter and first half ended March 16. f to $1.5 billion. Same-store sales climbed 4.1% for the quarter and 4.5% for the half. Earnings comparisons were impacted by a one-time tax savings a year ago of $376.6 million due to a reduction in the tax rate on future taxes; excluding that charge from the comparison, Metro ...

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