SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here said sales and earnings increased, for better gross margin performance, particularly in its Southeast region, for the third quarter and 36 weeks ended Oct. 3. 5 billion for the year to date, while comparable-store sales increased 1.6% for the quarter and 1.7% for the year to date. According to Hugh Farrington, president and chief executive officer, "Our third-quarter operating results were quite pleasing despite increased competition in ...

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