PORTLAND, Ore. -- Improved business operations at Fred Meyer Inc. here drove up sales and net income for the second quarter and half ended Aug. 17. while comparable food sales jumped 5.1% and comparable nonfood sales inched up 1.3% Net income jumped 42.2% to $15.2 million vs. $10.7 million last year, the company reported. In the 28-week half, net sales went up 10.8% to $1.89 billion compared with $1.71 billion in the comparable period. Same-store sales rose 4.1% while comparable food sales ...

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